The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is celebrating Women’s History Month with public events that include special programs exploring the stories of pioneers Harriet Tubman and Recy Taylor.
All events are free and will take place in the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater.
Using the #HiddenHerstory hashtag, the museum’s social media will honor women who have shaped American history through a commitment to ending discrimination. The social media campaign will also feature the stories of local women, artists, activists and educators who persisted despite the many intersecting forms of discrimination.
“Taking the Stage” returns Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m. with “Power! Stokely Carmichael” by Meshaun Labrone. The one-man theater piece journeys into the mind of revolutionary Stokely Carmichael as he prepares to engage in a standoff with state police during the 1966 “March Against Fear” in Canton, Miss. Labrone, who wrote the theater piece, will join a discussion following the performance. Registration is encouraged at www.etix.com.
On Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m., the museum’s “Cinema + Conversation” series will present “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a film that tells the story of a 24-year-old Black woman who was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. After Taylor bravely identified her rapists, the NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support for Taylor and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse against black women and reveals Parks’ intimate role in Taylor’s story. Registration is strongly encouraged at www.etix.com.
“Harriet’s Daughters: An Evening of Conversation and Celebration” concludes Women’s History Month celebration, Thursday, March 29 at 6:45 p.m. Featured panelists Barbara Arnwine, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Samantha Masters will explore Tubman’s legacy extending far beyond her role in the Civil War and The Underground Railroad.
The event will include a keynote speech by Kimberle Crenshaw, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School and founder of Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and the African American Policy Forum. She is known for the introduction and development of intersectional theory.
Registration is strongly encouraged at www.etix.com.