PETERBORO — The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum Black History Matters 2022 program series continues for its third week beginning Tuesday, February 15. , the program organizer, on February 1st.
Basulto described the purpose of Black History Matters 2022 and explained how people can attend the free presentations virtually.
Videos are available after midnight on the dates indicated, and will remain available for at least 11 months.
Black History Matters 2022 is an educational series that aims to shine a light on the history of Black Americans. NAHOF believes that by understanding history, the present can be better understood.
The mission of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum is to honor anti-slavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery and the legacy of that struggle, and to strive to complete the ongoing second abolition – the moral conviction to put an end to racism.
These February programs will address key events in our national history and historical topics that are lesser known or whose implications are not generally understood.
Presenters are volunteer scholars, educators, authors, and researchers who support this project by donating their time and talents.
This program is funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Viewers are encouraged to complete a short survey for a report to the funder and to guide NAHOF.
Tuesday, February 15 – Interview with Betty B. Bibbins and the Desegregation of Virginia Schools Pt. 2
This is part two of a two-part interview with Betty B. Bibbins, MD. Dr. Bibbins shares his remarkable life story and illustrates the courageous actions that individual children have taken in the desegregation of schools. Bibbins grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia, and attended kindergarten at Sacred Heart School in Norfolk, Our Lady of Victory Elementary School, Cradock Jr. High School, and Cradock High School (1964-1969) during the years of desegregation of Virginia schools.
As a solitary black student at times, Bibbins experienced the difficulties of an education system and society that resisted desegregation. Bibbins explains how her family and personal beliefs were often the few things she had to her advantage. She also talks about how her experiences shaped her life of service thereafter.
Wednesday February 16 – Interview with the desegregation of the director of the RR Moton museum and the history of the high school Robert Russa Moton
In 1951, students at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia left the school to go on strike demanding better school facilities. Led by 16-year-old Barbara Johns, the Moton student strike would produce three-quarters of the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and would be the only student-initiated case of the five that included Brown v. Advice. Moton’s school history is also vital in the Supreme Court case Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, which stepped in to reopen county schools. RR Moton High School in Prince Edward County had been closed for five years (1959-1964) alongside other schools as the county closed schools rather than desegregate after the Brown v. Board .
Today, RR Moton High School is a National Historic Landmark and Museum. In this interview, we hear from the director, Cameron Patterson, about the history of the museum and the school.
Thursday, February 17 —
Robert Parris Moses:
A Life Remembered Pt. 1
Hamilton College chaplain Jefferey McArn introduces us to Robert Parris Moses. Moses is a Hamilton College alumnus and was a renowned civil rights activist. In this remarkable two-part series chronicling his life, we learn about Moses’ courageous commitment to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, his efforts to register voters in Mississippi, and the many causes he championed in his life. .
In this presentation, McArn presents an extensive collection of interviews to capture the remarkable life of Robert Parris Moses.
Friday, February 18 —
Robert Parris Moses:
A Life Remembered Pt. 2
In Part 2, Jefferey McArn, the chaplain of Hamilton College, continues his presentation on Robert Parris Moses.
Saturday, February 19 — Introduction to the Children’s Crusade, 1963
On May 2, 1963, hundreds of students skipped class and marched through downtown Birmingham, Alabama. The students were arrested and taken to prison en masse. The following day, as more students gathered peacefully, they were greeted with violence by police and images of children being beaten by police clubs, bitten by police dogs and blown by high-pressure fire hoses. pressure shocked the world. This presentation by Victoria Basulto is an introduction to this story. This presentation will reinforce the following presentation on February 20 when we hear from Melvin Todd who participated in the marches as a child.
Sunday, February 20 – Interview with Melvin Todd and the Children’s Crusade, 1963
In 1963, Melvin Todd was a high school student at Western Olin High School in Birmingham, Alabama. In this interview, he tells the story of his participation in the Children’s Crusade, what he saw and the feeling of living in a moment of great cultural and political change.
Monday, February 21 —
Love against Virginia
In 1967, Loving v. Virginia of the Supreme Court ended states’ right to ban interracial marriages and ruled that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment. In this presentation, Victoria Basulto will tell the stories of the two plaintiffs, Mildred Jeter who was black and Richard Loving who was white. Married in Washington DC, the couple were charged with violating Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws upon returning to Virginia. This is the story of their journey to the Supreme Court and the impact the decision had on the rest of the nation.