Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait (detail) by Harvey B.  Lindsley, between ca. 1871 and 1876. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Conversations Music & Performance
Part of the series Her Dream Deferred

Harriet’s Political Will: Black Women’s Electoral Strength in an Era of Fractured Politics

Wednesday Mar 27, 2019 7:30 PM This is a past program

This video is also posted on YouTube where you can access captions and a full transcript.

Black women have long gone above and beyond the call of duty in their contributions to American civic life. Despite their extraordinary engagement, particularly in terms of voter turnout and political participation, black women and their interests face a jarring lack of political recognition and representation.

With that history in mind, an ensemble cast stages a performance that explores the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman—an early 20th-century civic organizer and political activist—through music, dance, and drumming. The performance is followed by a panel exploring the political implications of Tubman’s profound legacy. Among other topics, the panel of political analysts and theorists will discuss how Tubman’s story illustrates the powerful and lasting consequences of having black women as a driving force in the fight for equality and justice.

The panelists include Barbara ArnwineAlicia Garza, Nia-Malika Henderson, and California State Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove. Moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw.

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