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October 14, 2008

National Archives Hosts Conversation on Struggle of Black Women November 13

Lifting the Double Burden: A Critical Review of Race and Gender, 1968-2008

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Washington, DC…On Thursday, November 13, at 7 PM, the National Archives and the National Archives for Black Women’s History, located at the National Park Service: Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, will hold a discussion on the struggle of Black women entitled: “Lifting the Double Burden: A Critical Review of Race and Gender, 1968-2008: A Conversation on the Struggle of Black Women.”  This event will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, which is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW, and is fully accessible. 

The 40 years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., provide a lens through which one can examine the impact of race and gender on the lives of African American women.  Noted author, historian, and educator Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Ph.D., will present an overview using Mary Church Terrell’s statement, “The colored women of this country carry two heavy loads…the burden of race as well as sex.”  A conversation will follow on the question “Does the ‘double burden’ remain a reality for two generations of women?” Distinguished panelists include Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, Ph.D., archaeologist and Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland, Denise Rolark-Barnes, publisher of the Washington Informer, and Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D., Director of Research, Public Policy, and Information Center for African American Women at the National Council of Negro Women.  This program is co-sponsored by the Afro-American History Society of the National Archives.

The program is free and open to the public.  Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis.  To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event.

For more information about this program, e-mail the National Archives at public.program@nara.gov or call (202) 357-5000; or e-mail the National Park Service at NACE_Bethune_Council_House@nps.gov or call (202) 673-2402.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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