Signature Events

Virtual Options Available

Glimpses from "And Still We Rise"

Thursdays in May & June at 12 PM EST (virtual)

Join The Wright in virtual presentations and discussions throughout the year as we share parts of our well-known core exhibit, And Still We Rise. We will feature objects and topics on display in the core exhibit.

May 5th: Denmark Vesey and Revolution

The Haitian Revolution (1791-1803) was one of the most successful rebellions in the western hemisphere. It ended slavery and French colonial control over Haiti. Like many others during this time, Denmark Vesey (1767-1822) was inspired by the Haitian revolution and attempted what would have been the largest revolt by enslaved people in US history. Unfortunately, the plan was exposed, and Vesey and other co-conspirators were captured and executed by plantation owners.

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May 19th: Influence: Katherine Dunham and Black Dance

A dancer and choreographer, Katherine Dunham (1909-2006) was a major influencer of American and African American dance in the 1930s. She grounded her method in movement and dance practices of the Caribbean, African and African American choreography and integrating these various forms. Dunham organized her own dance troupe and was a leader in anthropological research on dance.

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June 2nd: Frederick Douglass and American Freedom  

This presentation will focus on Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) and will be a fitting prelude to our annual Juneteenth celebration. We will explore Douglas’ views on freedom, and take a close look at his notable speech about Independence Day, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” (1852) The important speech questioned the meaning of freedom for enslaved people, and Douglas’ words are still quite resonant today.

June 16th: Ella Jo Baker's Role in the Civil Rights Movement 

Ella Jo Baker (1909-2006) is seen as one of the most central leaders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s. She worked as a community organizer for over 50 years, and led many key organizations, including, the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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