Black History Live - Hasan Davis as Angus Augustus Burleigh

Colorado Humanities recently honored Black History Month by sponsoring a week-long tour throughout Colorado entitled Black History Live, featuring Hasan Davis, a noted Kentucky poet, scholar, storyteller, youth advocate, and Chautauquan (a portrayer of legendary and historical characters).

This year, Davis portrayed Angus Augustus Burleigh, a 19th century ex-slave, soldier and scholar who went on to become an acclaimed black educator and minister. Davis's electrifying portrayal of Burleigh incorporated his vast knowledge of Burleigh and African-American history with his uncanny ability to connect and engage audiences. We at Colorado Humanities are very proud to be able to offer such a powerful, strong speaker whose presentation resonates with both young and old alike.

In addition to being a performer, Davis holds a Juris Doctorate, serves on the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, and owns his own business, Empowerment Solutions, focusing on youth development. Drawing on his multiple talents, Davis presents African-American characters from the past in ways that encourage audiences to read and understand more about their cultural and ethnic history, and motivates them to reach for higher education and personal achievements.

Black History Live tour travels to schools, libraries and community centers in the Denver-metro area and along the Front Range every February. For more information on Black History Live please click here.