Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: uptown campus
Building:Rogers Memorial Chapel
This talk addresses the collective, continuous and powerful claims for justice by nineteenth-century Black Americans who, from 1830 through the Civil War and then for the next thirty-five years organized state and national "Colored Conventions." In hundreds of Black led gatherings, they advocated for educational rights, labor equity and voting and civil rights--issues that continue to resonate in our own era. Their activism made clear that no plan or propaganda would convince them to accept the status of second-class subordinates in the states and the country which could not have been built without their uncompensated and underpaid labor and without their unrequited commitment to a democracy that continuously spurned them. This talk will also highlight the Colored Conventions Project's commitment to mirroring collective practices as the CCP partners to create an online archive, exhibits and transcription efforts that seek to bring the convention movement to digital life.