2007-02-09 / Community

Arverne Girl To Speak At Black History Event In State Capital

By Sabrina Brooks

By Sabrina Brooks

Mayeesa Mitchell of Arverne will speak at a Black History month event in Albany. She's holding her doll, Addy, a character from the popular American Girl book series.Mayeesa Mitchell of Arverne will speak at a Black History month event in Albany. She's holding her doll, Addy, a character from the popular American Girl book series. A 12-year-old girl from our community will speak later this month at a Black History event to be held in the state's capital, The Wave has learned.

Mayeesa Mitchell of Beach 68 Street in Arverne will be a featured speaker on Saturday, February 24 at the 6th annual Underground Railroad History Conference in Albany. Mitchell, who is home-schooled, will be speaking at the workshop entitled "The Underground Railroad: Through a Slave Girl's Eyes."

To illustrate her presentation, Mayeesa will use Addy, a character from the popular American Girl book series, who decides to escape slavery in the South after her brother and father are sold to different slave owners.

Mitchell has traveled to the workshop with her family several times and was chosen to speak by conference organizers.

"We were the only family who came from New York City and [event co-organizer] Mary Liz was impressed by our feedback forms," her proud mother, Karen, explained.

Mitchell, who will be speaking for the second year in a row, said, "I was a bit nervous at first, but now I'm more confident and looking forward to it."

The Underground Rail Road History Conference will be held in Albany from February 23 to the 25.

This year's theme is "The Women of the Underground Railroad: A Testament of Strength, Courage, and Tenacity."

The conference is dedicated to researching, celebrating and preserving the story of the Underground Railroad with emphasis on African American abolitionists and freedom seekers.

For more information visit www.ugrworskshop. com or call 518-432-4432.

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