Upcoming Events

D.C. Emancipation Day Celebration with Michelle Alexander, author The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

April 16, 2013, 6-10 PM
Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (800 21st St. NW, third floor) ***Note Change in Venue***

A message from the Africana Studies Program, George Washington University:

Unfortunately, our event has been cancelled for reasons beyond Professor Alexander's control. We are sorry to bring this disappointing news. Please look for an announcement for the new fall date.  

Current ticketholders will be the first to register for the new fall event as soon as it is scheduled. There is no further action needed on your part. The organizer has no further information at this time and can not respond to individual e-mails.

We appreciate your enthusiastic response to this event and look forward to seeing you in the fall.  


The Africana Studies Program and the Vice Provost’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion invite your participation in The George Washington University’s second annual D.C. Emancipation Day Celebration. This year, Michelle Alexander -- author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" -- will be our keynote speaker. Alexander is an Associate Professor at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and a civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar.

Michelle Alexander’s talk will be preceded by a panel on “Race, Rights, and Emancipation in the 21stCentury” with the following guests:

Bruce Spiva of The Spiva Law Firm PLLC and former Chair of the Board of DC Vote.
Edward Hailes, Jr., Managing Director and Counsel for The Advancement Project and former general counsel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Natalie Hopkinson, a fellow with the Interactivity Foundation and a contributing editor to The Root DC.
Christopher Bracey, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at George Washington University.

Book signing and reception following lecture.

Past Events

The Influence and Perspectives of Women Pro[Claiming] Freedom: SNCC Women Then and Now

Wednesday, March 20, 5pm
Jack Morton Auditorium (MPA Building at 805 21st St, NW, first floor)

The Influence and Perspectives of Women Pro[Claiming] Freedom:  SNCC Women Then and Now. Discussing the influence and perspectives of women active in the struggle for freedom and equality, invited guests – editors and contributors of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC – will highlight the centrality of women in the ever-evolving narrative of the pursuit for freedom and equality. A question and answer period and reception will follow.

Pro[Claiming] Her Story

Tuesday, March 19, 12 - 1:30pm
Mount Vernon Campus, West Hall room 108

Pro[Claiming] Her Story!  Dr. Bernard Demzcuk, assistant vice president for external affairs and local artist Laura Era will discuss the life and contributions of Anna Carroll, a trusted yet forgotten advisor to President Abraham Lincoln.  Laura Era is the artist who restored Anna Carroll into her rightful place in Francis Bicknell Carpenter's painting "First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation."   Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.

Complicated Legacies: Lincoln, King and Obama
Monday, January 28, 6 p.m.
Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 113

As part of the celebration of the life and legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., the George Washington University will host an evening forum entitled, "Complicated Legacies: Lincoln, King and Obama" on Monday, January 28 at 6 p.m. in the Elliott School of International Affairs (1957 E Street NW) room 113. Join us as our distinguished panelists—Dr. Eric Foner, Dr. Eddie Glaude and Dr. Edna Medford—discuss the accuracy of deeply held views about Lincoln, MLK, the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, and the relevancy of these competing views today in the age of Obama. As time allows, their discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Eventbrite page.

Pro[Claiming] Freedom Initiative

The year 2013 brings with it a national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. As part of the remembrance and celebration of these milestones, the George Washington University will host a year-long program that inspires reflection on democratic ideals and links the historical to ongoing struggles for equality and freedom in America.