What is the legacy of Jim Crow? On April 15, a trio of leading social-justice activists discuss the laws in conjunction with the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. The event features Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Sherrilyn Ifill, President, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and Cornell Brooks, President and CEO, NAACP. 

[Jacob Lawrence. The Migration Series. 1940-41. Panel 22: “Another of the social causes of the migrants’ leaving was that at times they did not feel safe, or it was not the best thing to be found on the streets late at night. They were arrested on the slightest provocation.” Casein tempera on hardboard, 18 x 12″ (45.7 x 30.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy. © 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY]

MLK and LBJ had their flaws

Critics say the portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson in the movie Selma, which centers on Martin Luther King Jr. and the marches in Selma, Ala., inaccurately shows Johnson as more of an obstacle to civil rights than an advocate. But those critics get history wrong, says Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Johnson certainly pushed for the Voting Rights Act in 1965, but he was also political to his bones and initially prioritized his poverty bill over civil rights legislation. Regardless, Selma is not about lawyers or presidents. It is about the ordinary people of the South who risked their lives and livelihood to demand their rights as citizens.

Join us for Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. for our Eighth Annual Forum on Women in Leadership.

You can watch the livestream here:

From the early days of the Civil Rights movement, African American women have worked and served in numerous and influential leadership roles. What are their experiences and what changes have taken place in their opportunities, expectations, responsibilities, and obstacles?

A panel discusses their personal journeys and the advice they would offer to young women in the struggle for equality.

Melissa V. Harris-Perry, host on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, and author of “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” will moderate the panel.  Panelists include Joyce Ladner, sociologist and civil rights activist; Avis Jones De-Weever, Exceptional Leadership Strategist and immediate past executive director of NCNW; Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Charlene A. Carruthers, national director, Black Youth Project 100.

Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.