Black History and Housing in Scranton

Humanities Lecture & Discussion featuring Glynis Johns
Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-7 pm, Moskowitz Theater, The DeNaples Center, 4th floor, The University of Scranton

Ms. Glynis Johns, CEO and Founder of the Black Scranton Project, a local history and heritage initiative, will discuss the Black history of Adams Avenue in the downtown Scranton area where a predominantly African American neighborhood existed prior to redevelopment in the 1970’s. This event will explore themes around Blackness, housing, racial discrimination, and affordability that remain relevant today.



Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns is the founder and CEO of Black Scranton Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, local heritage initiative, and public history venture dedicated to archiving and celebrating the Black history of Scranton and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Glynis dedicates much of her time studying 19th and 20th century African American history. A native Scrantonian, local historian, sociologist, artist, documentarian, and advocate; Glynis's research focuses primarily on Scranton to piece together narratives of the black community. She received her BA and MA in sociology at St. John’s University. 


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Event sponsors:

  • The University of Scranton
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Black Scranton Project