Author, storyteller, and producer Regina Mason discovered that her great-great-great grandfather, William Grimes, wrote the first fugitive slave narrative in American history. Because Grimes wrote and published his narrative on his own, without deference to white editors, publishers, or sponsors, his narrative has an immediacy, candor, and no-holds-barred realism unparalleled in the famous antebellum slave narratives of the period. Ms. Mason will join us to talk about Grimes' life and her work to share his story with the world.
Ms. Mason's extensively-researched and notated edition of her ancestor's autobiography, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave, is available on her website (https://www.reginamason.com/book) and other places online.
The Zoom "doors" will open at 10:30, so folks can chat in breakout rooms with others before the assembly starts at 11. We will also use breakout rooms after the assembly so you can talk to the speaker, or chat with your fellow Earthlings until at least 1 PM, so please feel free to stay and chat in small groups!
The Zoom link and some pointers are below.
You won't need to RSVP with Zoom first, just use this link!
Meeting ID: 899 4635 6865
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Use your headphones instead of the computer's/phone's speakers; it'll make hearing you easier when we break out into little chat groups.
If possible, please enable your video feed so we can see you! The speakers will then be able to see your beautiful faces and reactions, and it'll feel more like we are in person. If you have to walk away from or move your camera, please disable it until you get back. And yes, of course we want to see your cats.
You'll be muted right when you get to the meeting, but worry not, there will be smaller groups during and after the assembly that you can use to talk to your fellow Earthlings.
In the corner of the box with your face in it, you can choose to hide yourself from your view, so you won't find looking at yourself so distracting. Also, it'll make more space on your screen to see others.
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We can't wait to see you all!
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