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The New-York Historical Society is pleased to partner with the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers, CUNY, in its preview of the exhibit “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow.” We cordially invite you to attend this exclusive event on Thursday, September 6, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at Richard Gilder Way; 77th Street) New York, NY 10024.
The collaboration between the Center for Black Literature and the New-York Historical Society for the preview of “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” is a natural alliance. The mission of the Center for Black Literature is to broaden and enrich the public’s knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of the value of black literature and to serve as a voice, mecca, and resource for the study of the literature of people from the African Diaspora. It is the only Center devoted to this in the country. New-York Historical has long been considered to be at the forefront of research and education around the history of slavery in New York and African American history more generally. The institution has produced major, award-winning exhibitions, public programming, and curricula such as 2006’s Slavery in New York, 2007’s New York and the Civil War, and 2008’s Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery. Recently, New-York Historical has determined a new direction in its programming that will focus more sharply on the legacy of slavery and inequality with which we live as Americans today.
The exhibition, a National Traveling Exhibition and Educational Initiative, will be accompanied by an ambitious slate of public programs, workshops, and a suite of digital resources for teachers, students, and the general public. This initiative will coincide with the anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment—a landmark piece of legislation that launched a 150-year conversation on the meaning and limits of citizenship. “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” will reveal the injustices that continued to prevail despite the legal advances in favor of equality. Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and an expert in constitutional history and law, will offer remarks at the preview and reception.
The exhibition will run from September 7, 2018 through March 3, 2019
For more information about the exhibition, visit https://www.nyhistory.org/exhibitions/black-citizenship-age-jim-crow.