Seaford, DE

"Affrilachian" Activist Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson Coming to Seaford, DE on Oct 20th

Janine Paris
Intersectional Rural Identity | Oct 20thDelaware Humanities

Delaware Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is bringing grassroots Affrilachian (Black Appalachian) activist and community organizer Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson to lead a discussion on intersectionality and identity at its Annual Lecture on October 20th.

The Seaford District Library will be hosting Henderson’s talk on “Intercultural Rural Identity” in-person, and the event will be live-streamed for those who prefer to attend virtually. According to the humanities council, the audience-led discussion is meant to “incorporate conversation around preserving rural culture, combating stereotypes, and celebrating the lived experiences of rural community members that aren’t often recognized (LGBTQ+, BIPOC, youth, economically vulnerable, etc).”

Henderson is the current Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center, and the first Black woman to serve in the position. She has served on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly, the advisory committee of the National Bailout Collective, and is an active leader of The Frontline. She is a long-time activist who has done work in movements fighting for workers, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ communities, environmental justice, and more.

This event is in alignment with additional programming from Delaware Humanities. The traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is designed to “prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population.” It is currently being hosted at the Historic Village in Ocean View, DE until November 12th and will be moving across the state from now until June of 2023.

Registration for the event is free and mandatory. Those interested in attending either in-person or virtually can visit for information on how to sign-up.

Delaware Humanities is a 501(c)(3) organization that is part of a network of 56 humanities councils across the nation. Founded in 1973, Delaware Humanities provides educational and cultural opportunities to Delawareans through original programming and grants for non-profit organizations.

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