A Celebration of Black History

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - February 24, 2022 12:00 pm

SCA recently honored and celebrated Black history through the power of storytelling about the people and places that help narrate critical turning points in our country’s history.

Through stories not always told, participants heard from expert panelists about the process of preserving the personal and collective narratives that help tell the story of our nation’s liberation of both country and citizen.

Thank You from SCA’s Board Chair, Dr. Mamie Parker

Luther Jotham: A Journey for Country and Community

With contributions from SCA Public History Intern Intern Danielle Rose, explore the story map to learn about Luther Jotham’s life story.

Poll Everywhere Responses

Which Black thought leaders, educators, movements, historical sites, musicians, or artists have contributed to your story, to the way you see or experience the world?
  • GirlTrek
  • Shelton Johnson
  • Maya Angelou
  • The horrific massacre in Tulsa 100 years ago, which I never learned about, even though I live one state away.
  • Jessie Jackson
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Malcom X
  • Janelle Monae
  • Off The Street Club (Boys & Girls Club) in West Garfield Park, Chicago
  • John Lewis
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Civil Rights March in Selma
  • Dr. Patricia Bath
  • James McBride, writer and musician
  • Toni Morrison
  • Booker T. Washington and Pearl Harris–both educators
  • Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Smithsonian African American Museum
  • Bell Hooks
  • James Baldwin
  • Marvin Gaye – The Ecology
  • Nina Simone
  • Audre Lorde (feminism; intersectionality)


Dr. Mamie Parker
SCA Board Chair

Dr. Parker was a pioneer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service throughout a career spanning nearly three decades. She was the first African American to serve as regional director of the agency before rising to the level of assistant director. Since retiring from the USFWS in 2007, Dr. Parker has remained active as an environmental consultant, executive coach, and nonprofit trustee. In 2021, Parker was unanimously elected as chair of SCA’s board of directors.


Keynote: The Cultural and Historic Preservation of Black History

Alan Spears
Senior Director for Cultural Resources, NPCA

Alan Spears uses real-life stories and a conversational style to connect with his audiences to promote NPCA’s advocacy and the critical role the National Park Service plays in protecting, interpreting and managing this nation’s historic and cultural resources. A veteran advocate and member of the Government Affairs department, Alan leads community outreach and legislative engagement on a variety of park protection issues. Recent victories include joining with NPCA colleagues, partners and allies to win the designation of the Fort Monroe, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, Pullman, and Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments. Alan’s current efforts include National Heritage Area program defense and serving as NPCA’s lead coordinator for the Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools national park designation campaign.

He remains the only NPCA staff person ever to be rescued from a tidal marsh by a Park Police helicopter.

Panelist: The Civil War, Our Fight for Emancipation

Steve Phan
Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services at Camp Nelson National Monument, NPS

Steve T. Phan is a Park Ranger and serves as the Chief of Interpretation at Camp Nelson National Monument. He recently served as the historian at the Civil War Defenses of Washington. He has also worked at Gettysburg National Military Park, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Stones River National Battlefield, Rock Creek Park, and Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. A military history scholar of the Civil War era, Phan’s research focuses on military occupation, operational command, African American soldiers and refugees, and fortifications during the Civil War. He is the author of articles about Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Civil War and the Defenses of Washington for numerous publications. He was nominated for the National Park Service Tilden Award for Excellence in Interpretation in 2019 and 2020. He holds a master’s degree in American History from Middle Tennessee State University.    

Panelist: The American Revolutionary War, Our Path to Independence 

Danielle Rose
SCA Public History Intern at National Parks of Boston

Danielle Rose is currently a SCA Digital Public History Intern at the National Parks of Boston. Her public history career over the past several years has focused on bringing to light the stories of lesser-known individuals, groups, or historical events. She received her Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida and previously worked as a museum educator in Miami, Florida. More recently, Danielle graduated from the Public History Master’s program at Northeastern University, where she specialized in oral history, digital storytelling, and community engagement. 


Panelist: The American Revolutionary War, Our Path to Independence 

Anjelica Oswald
SCA Public History Intern at National Parks of Boston

Anjelica Oswald is an SCA and digital public history intern for the National Parks of Boston. She graduated from Northeastern University in May 2021 with a Master’s in public history and certificate in digital humanities, spending much of her graduate school experience virtually because of the pandemic. She is a former entertainment journalist and holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. Her interests include researching women in wartime, exploring archives, and storytelling.  


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