National Archives Hosts Conversation on African-American History September 10
Press Release · Monday, August 3, 2009

Panel to discuss: The Shaping of Black History: A Hopeful Vision—A Dream Realized

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Washington, DC…On Thursday, September 10, at 7 PM, the National Archives, in partnership with the National Park Service Carter G. Woodson Home Historic Site, will present a discussion on preservation in African American life and culture entitled The Shaping of Black History: A Hopeful Vision—A Dream Realized. 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.

Moderated by Ida Jones, assistant curator of manuscripts at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center of Howard University, the discussion will focus on the extent to which Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s pioneering work in black history shaped the African American ethos toward historic preservation, and the role of African Americans in creating and protecting their “untold stories.” Panelists include Pero Dagbovie, professor of history at Michigan State University; Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, director of the public history program, Howard University; Talitha L. LeFlouria, assistant professor of African American history, Florida Atlantic University; Robert Stanton, former director of the National Park Service; and Bettye Collier Thomas, founder of the National Archives for Black Women’s History, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House.

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 or call (202) 357-5000 two weeks prior to the event.

For more information about this program, e-mail the National Archives at or call (202) 357-5000.

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For more information about programs and activities for the 75th anniversary, contact the National Archives public affairs staff at 202-357-5300.


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