M.E.S.A. featuring Dr. Kenann McKenzie-DeFranza
Join Lynn Museum/LynnArts on the second Wednesday of each month at noon for MESA (Museum Enrichment Series for All). This lecture series covers wellness, genealogy, and current events and features local experts, community members, Museum staff, and others.
Our February program will feature Dr. Kenann McKenzie-DeFranza, president of the North Shore NAACP Branch. She will share the current work of the branch, including their first-annual symposium, which will take place on February 24th at the Lynn Museum.
This program takes place over Zoom / Facebook Live. Register for the Zoom here >>
About Dr. McKenzie-DeFranza:
Dr. Kenann McKenzie-DeFranza is the Director of Academic Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, and Associate Professor of Practice. Her background and expertise include civic engagement research & practice, organizational consulting, PreK-12 schools and higher education professional development on subjects such as educational practices, policy, administration, and leadership. She has authored numerous papers and peer-reviewed publications.
She most recently served as the inaugural Director of the Generous Listening and Dialogue Center at Tufts University from 2021–2023. Before that, she was Director of the Aspire Institute housed at BU Wheelock School of Education from 2017 until 2021.
About the North Shore NAACP Branch:
The North Shor,e MA NAACP Branch was born out of the Black Lives Matter protests that occurred after George Floyd’s murder in May 2020, which motivated people in the community to form the Hamilton-Wenham Human Rights Coalition. Original members of this group sought to form a local NAACP branch to institute immediate political, state, and federal impact on important social justice issues and to support the oldest civil rights organization in the country. Today, our membership stands in active solidarity against systemic racism in the North Shore, MA.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lynn Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.