Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center is kicking off a Thinking Forward lecture series with “Equality Matters in the Hamptons,” on Saturday, February 1. The date coincides with the start of Black History Month.
Kofi Appenteng, president of the Africa-America Institute, will talk about the critical role the continent plays in the global conversation. With more than 30 years of international and domestic experience as a corporate lawyer, investment banker, and board director, Appenteng will touch on topics from the achievements of Afro-descendants to the role such knowledge plays in today’s curriculum. He was born in Ghana, West Africa, and studied in England before coming to the United States to further his education at Wesleyan University.
Appenteng became the first African American to become a partner at a major law firm in New York City and also served as board chair of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. He was named a Great American Immigrant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2013.
The 5:30 PM discussion will be moderated by Ken Miller, a writer, financier, political activist, and longtime advisory board member of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center.
A second session, “Well, Well, Well,” will be held on Saturday February 29 at 3:30 PM. A screening and panel discussion of the film “Death by Delivery,” which exposes how bias in health care and societal inequities drive a maternal care crisis for black women in America, will be shown. The lecture will be moderated by Rev. Tisha Williams, a pastor at the First Baptist Church in Bridgehampton. Dr. Florence Rolston is also a special guest.
The Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center is located at 551 Sag Harbor Turnpike. The lectures are free, and refreshments will be served. Visit www.bhccrc.org or call 631-537-0616 for more information.