Bettye Kearse: Screening of The Other Madisons

March 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us as we present a special screening of “The Other Madisons” with a Q&A afterward with author Bettye Kearse and filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley.

This documentary film by Montes-Bradley is based on the memoir The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family by Kearse.

Both the book and the film chronicle Kearse’s family credo which was passed down for 200 years: “Always remember—you’re a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president.”

This event will be hosted both via Zoom and Facebook Live, with event details to follow.

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Hasan Jeffries presents Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: African Americans’ Struggle to Live Their Freedoms

February 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us as we speak to Hasan Kwame Jeffries for his presentation “Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: African Americans’ Struggle to Live Their Freedoms.”

Hasan Kwame Jeffries is an associate professor of history at The Ohio State University where he’s taught graduate and undergraduate seminars on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, and surveys in African American and American history.

He’s the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt and is currently working on his next book, In the Shadow of Civil Rights. Hasan also hosts the podcast Teaching Hard History: American Slavery, and he’s been involved as a consultant on any number of museum projects. Check out his Ted Talks presentation, Why we must confront the painful parts of US history.

This event will be hosted both via Zoom and Facebook Live. Participants are encouraged to ask questions at the end of Jeffries’ presentation.

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Facebook Live Event

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Ryan M. Jones: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream Deferred to a Nightmare

January 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Topic: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream Deferred to a Nightmare

Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most prolific and honorable leaders for all time. He is also one of the most complex. In August 1963, Dr. King was at the height of his popularity with his fight to end racial discrimination in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement. His “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most celebrated orations in American history. However, Dr. King himself evolved as a leader. His relationships with J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, the militant Black Power movement, his commitment to fighting the war on poverty and his stance on the Vietnam War all pose the question: did Dr. King’s dream result in a nightmare? 

Ryan M. Jones is the Museum Educator at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.  He began his work at the Museum as a docent and later developed the museum’s docent training program. He is tasked with validating the interpretation and reviewing the scholarly content shared by Museum. 

A native Memphian, Jones obtained his bachelor’s degree at University of Tennessee-Martin and interned at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas from 2008 to 2010. He has presented at history conferences about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and on other topics related to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Jones is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Memphis in History and plans to write his dissertation on the violence in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and Alabama, focusing specifically of little-known cold cases that impacted legislation in those states in the mid-1960s.

We will be hosting the event on both Zoom and Facebook Live and encourage participants to take part in our Q&A at the end of Jones’ presentation.

Zoom Meeting details

Topic: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream Deferred to a Nightmare

Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 897 9832 5701

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