Following in Their Footsteps: Exploring the Paths of the Early Civil Rights Movement


The National Archives at Philadelphia and Villanova University's Public History Graduate Program invite you to an exciting interactive presentation: “Following in their Footsteps: Exploring the Paths of the Early Civil Rights Movement," on Monday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The presentation also will be available nationally via webinar.

In this program, hosted by National Archives Education Specialist Andrea Reidell, Dr. Judith Giesberg’s public history graduate students will introduce us to some of the nineteenth-century’s Rosa Parks and Martin Luther Kings, telling the compelling stories of women and men of color who demanded access to public spaces in the post-Civil War era. 

The students, who conducted groundbreaking research based on nineteenth-century civil rights court cases at National Archives facilities throughout the country, will also provide several suggestions for turning these fascinating stories into public history and educational programs. 

We hope these remarks will begin a conversation that will link the National Archives with other institutions and individuals interested in Civil War sesquicentennial programming – and the important forgotten stories of civil rights after the Civil War. 

To attend the event in person, please RSVP to Andrea Reidell.

Light refreshments will be served.

To attend the event online, click here. Enter the roomas a guest by typing in your name. There will be windows for the presentationand for a live chat feature. Please sign on 5 to 10 minutes prior to the program start time. There are a limited number ofspaces in the webinar room. For the best online experience, please use a computer with a wired connection. Wireless connections may cut in and out. If you have any problems joining the webinar, please call 267-312-9833.

The program will be recorded and archived at the samewebsite.

To learn more about this program and see images from the presentation, visit the program room and enter as a guest, or visit the National Archives at Philadelphia Facebook page.



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