National Archives Hosts Program on Civil Rights 1863-1963 April 11 at 7 PM
Press Release · Monday, April 8, 2013

One Hundred Years: From the Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington

Washington, DC…On Thursday, April 11, at 7 PM, the National Archives presents a program titled One Hundred Years: From the Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington.An expert panel will discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and the continuing struggle for freedom, justice, and equality during Reconstruction, as well as the Tilden-Hayes Compromise and Jim Crow laws. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events Entrance, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

“One Hundred Years: From the Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington”
explores the journey from slavery to freedom between the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and the 1963 March on Washington. David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, and
Cynthia Brock-Smith, Secretary and Chief Protocol Officer for the District of Columbia, will provide opening remarks. John Franklin of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will moderate an expert panel including: C. R. Gibbs, public historian, scholar, and author; Clarence Lusane, professor of political science, American University; Roger Davidson, professor of history, Coppin State University; and Frank Smith, Director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. This program is presented in partnership with the D.C. City Government and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

This special program is presented as part of the National Archives’ continuing year-long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. See more information. [].

Related film:  On August 28, 1963, a photographer working for the United States Information Agency (USIA) took a picture which has become an iconic image of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The photograph, in the holdings of the National Archives, is of a young African-American girl, holding a March on Washington banner and concentrating intently on the scene before her. The image has been reproduced countless times but the identity of the little girl was always a mystery – until just a few months ago. This incredible story is told in a three minute Inside the Vaults video short produced by the National Archives. [] This video is public domain and not subject to any copyright restrictions.

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

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