Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | February 2, 2016

February 1, 2016 Host Corinne Frugoni in Conversation With Merien Townsell About Being Black In Humboldt County, Past And Present

thMerien Townsell is a senior at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California majoring in Geography.  For one of her classes she had to complete an assignment on landscape analysis.  What she came up with was a very creative, original and thoughtful analysis of the history of black people in Humboldt county past and present.  She titled her paper “Blacks in Humboldt County-A Race Out of Place.”

What is it like to be Black in Humboldt County?  According to Merien, there are many layers that need to be explored encompassing politics, history, geography, personal and group relationships, cultural memory among others.  All contribute to the notion of Black social space and social consciousness. As of the 2012 census, Black people make up only 1.4% of the population of Humboldt.  But the tension between forces of accommodation, assimilation, exclusion, social control and racism have all contributed to unique challenges facing individuals as they arrive and live, study and work in this predominantly white county. Merien is dedicated to challenging preconceptions and she along with black students and residents of Humboldt live by the maxim “still I rise.”

To listen to and/or download  click the following link:TTEOW Corinne and Merien Townsell 2-1-16

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