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African American Museum of Bucks launches speaker series


The African American Museum of Bucks County (AAMBC) launches a four-part Speakers Series at the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem, beginning Jan. 12.

Each event, held from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will reveal American and local history, up-close and personal. The following talks are scheduled:

• Jan. 12 – The Rev. Sandra Reed: “The Journey of the Underground Railroad through Bucks County.”

• Feb. 9 – John Jordan: “Civil Rights Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

• March 9 – Shirley Lee Corsey: “Women History Makers of Bucks County and Beyond.”

• April 13 – Josh Lee and the Family: “African American Arts Finale: Jazz and the Great Migration.”

Reed, pastor of St. Mark’s AME Church in Newtown, will speak about how the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches supported free and fleeing African Americans, helping them survive, escape, find community and become educated.

Jordan, a local and national champion of democracy in action, diversity and civil rights, shares his views and experiences of “where we have come from, where we stand, and what we can do next.”

Corsey, a third generation Bucks County resident and “historian from the heart,” brings past and present women contributors, who are often behind the scenes, to life.

Lee leads his six-piece band while he narrates the history of jazz that evolved as Southern African Americans brought their music north during the Great Migration.

A ticket to each event is $10 at Click on the Events registration link. For information, call the museum at 215-752-1909.

For information on the Bucks County Visitors Center, go to

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and each event includes the presentation, a related historic exhibit and refreshments.

AAMBC is a nonprofit, mobile museum. To learn more, join as a member or donate, go to All donations are tax deductible.