2015 Press Releases

National Archives to Honor Past, Present Women in Civil Rights Leadership
Press Release · Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Washington, DC

Registration now open for March 26 event

On Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m., the National Archives and National Archives Foundation will host the 8th Annual McGowan Forum on Women in Leadership. This year’s program – Then & Now: Women in Civil Rights Leadership – is presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

From the early days of the civil rights movement, African American women have worked and served in numerous, influential leadership roles. What have been their experiences and what changes have taken place in their opportunities, expectations, responsibilities, and obstacles? A distinguished panel will discuss personal journeys and advice for young women in the struggle for equality.


Then & Now: Women in Civil Rights Leadership panel discussion


Moderated by Melissa V. Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry," author, professor and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South

Charlene A. Carruthers, National Director of the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)

Avis Jones De-Weever, President and CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC, and host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever

Joyce Ladner, celebrated American civil rights activist, author and sociologist

Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund


Thursday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m.


William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum, and on YouTube.

Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.

This public program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events online.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.

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For press information and media RSVP, please contact Melissa Schwartz at Melissa.Schwartz@bromwichgroup.com.

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