HAYS, KS -- In celebration of Black History Month and Women's History Month, Fort Hays State University's Forsyth Library will host a free presentation by Angela Bates-Thompkins at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 in the main floor periodicals area of the library.
The presentation is co-sponsored by the University Activities Board and the Black Student Union. Refreshments will be served.
Bates-Thompkins will speak about the western migration of African-Americans and the history of her hometown, Nicodemus. Her presentation will be tailored after her new book, It Took an Act of Congress and an Act of God, which details her 20-year research and preservation effort culminating in the designation of Nicodemus as a National Historic Site. Historic photographs, memoirs and Bates-Thompkins' personal story will be included as well.
In 1997 Bates-Thompkins received the Woman of Distinction award from the Kansas Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee. She also has been honored with the 1996 African-American Preservation Hero award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the 1996 Outstanding Contributions award from the Kansas Humanities Council, the 1994 Brown Foundation state award for excellence in the preservation of African-American history and the 1993 Kansas Sampler Foundation "We Can" award for dedication to historic preservation.
Bates-Thompkins presently sits on the Kansas State Historical Society board; she previously has served on the boards of the Kansas Humanities Council, the Kansas Preservation Alliance and the Northwest Kansas Planning Commission. In addition, she has written articles for Kansas Magazine, National Parks and Conservation Magazine, UpScale Magazine, Cobblestone and Lest We Forget Magazine.