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February 16 at 7pm

"America on Fire" with Elizabeth Hinton and René Syler

JHC welcomes Yale professor Elizabeth Hinton, acclaimed author of “America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s,” for a virtual discussion of her book. The program will be moderated by journalist and author René Syler, former anchor of CBS News’s “The Early Show” and a frequent commentator on CNN Headline News and NBC’s “The Today Show.” Co-sponsored by our partners, American Women of African Heritage.

“America on Fire” puts the protests over the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 into historical context: “To many observers, the protests appeared to be without precedent in their scale and persistence.” Yet Hinton argues that “the events of 2020 had clear precursors―and any attempt to understand our current crisis requires a reckoning with the recent past.” The New York Times named “America on Fire” a Notable Book of 2021, and Time and Smithsonian magazines both named it one of the best books of the year.  Read more and REGISTER HERE




Supporting Colleagues on Dr. MLK Jr. Day

Partners Matter

In years past, we would have been celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in person with our partners, the American Women of African Heritage, the African American Men of Westchester County, The Friends of the Rye African American Cemetery, members of the African American Advisory Board of Westchester County and members of the African American History in Westchester 400th Commemoration Committee. We miss gathering in person but take pride in recognizing the ongoing work of our esteemed colleagues and applaud their success! Learn more about them here and here. Photos by Kim Crichlow Photography

Meet Lucia Maestro

JHC Welcomes Inaugural Hort Director

The Jay Heritage Center (JHC) is thrilled to announce that Lucia Maestro will join the nonprofit’s growing staff as inaugural Director of Horticulture and Garden Education of the Historic Jay Gardens. She will begin on March 1, 2022.

As Hort Director, Lucia will be responsible for the newly revitalized Jay Gardens. She brings expertise from her work as a professor at Manhattanville College and educator at the New York Botanical Gardens to organize unique horticultural programs related to the cultural and natural significance of our site. We’re delighted to be working with her and know our visitors and volunteers alike will enjoy the workshops she will be planning!

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