Press Release: September 9, 2011
National Archives at Kansas City
"Freedom War" and the Civil War to be presented by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History at the National Archives
For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072
Kansas City, (MO)…The National Archives at Kansas City will host a panel discussion with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History entitled "Freedom War" and the Civil War, on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. A 6:30 p.m. reception will precede the event. (Please note: The program start time is later than most National Archives evening events.)
A panel of scholars and community historians will examine the Civil War’s impact on the historical legacy of African Americans. This panel is being held in recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The panelists will examine the question: "When did the African Freedom War actually end?"
a. In 1865 with ratification of the 13th Amendment?
b. In 1965 with passage of the Voting Rights Act?
c. In 2008 with President Barack Obama’s election?
d. It has not ended.
Panelists include: Dr. Shawn Leigh Alexander, Dr. Antonio Holland, Dr. Gary Kremer, and Joe Louis Mattox. The panel will be moderated by Larry Coleman.
Records held at all locations of the National Archives include court documents, photographs, journals, and other materials that tell the story of the civil rights movement, including the "Freedom War." Recently the National Archives created a traveling exhibition, Documented Rights, which highlights many of these records. It can be viewed at www.archives.gov/exhibits/documented-rights/
To make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the panelists:
Dr. Shawn Leigh Alexander is an assistant professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas, where he also serves as the interim director of the Langston Hughes Center. His area of research concentration is African American social and intellectual history of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, Alexander taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Gettysburg College, and Yale University, where he was the first Cassius Marcellus Clay Fellow (2005-2007) in the department of history. Alexander received his doctorate. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004. His recent publications include: an anthology of T. Thomas Fortune’s writings, T.Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator; a study of African American civil rights activity in the post-Reconstruction era entitled, An army of Lions: The Struggle for Civil Rights before the NAACP; and published works on early African American civil rights activity in the Great Plains Quarterly.
Dr. Antonio Holland currently teaches American and African History at the Blue River Campus of the Metropolitan Kansa City Community College system. He taught at Lincoln University for over thirty years and served as the chair of the Department of Social and Behavior Sciences for many years before retiring in 2010. Holland is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of History at Lincoln. He has also been a visiting professor at Westminster College and the University of Missouri at Columbia. He obtained his doctorate in history at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1984. Holland has authored and co-authored several articles, studies and books, including Missouri’s Black Heritage, revised with Dr. Lorenzo Greene and Dr. Gary Kremer; The Soldiers’ dream continued: A Pictorial History of Lincoln University; and his own recently published work, Nathan B. Young and the Struggle Over Black Higher Education.
Dr. Gary Kremer is the executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri, headquartered on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, with research Centers in Kansas City, St. Louis and Rolla. Previously, Kremer taught history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City (1972-1987) and William Woods University in Fulton (1991-2004). From 1987-1991 he served as the State Archivist of Missouri. Kremer has written, co-authored, and co-edited eleven books, including most recently, George Washington Carver: A Biography, published in 2011. Other works include George Washington Carver; In his Own Words (1987); James Milton Turner and the Promise of America; the Public Life of a Post-Civil War Black Leader (1991); and, Missouri’s Black Heritage (1993).
Joe Louis Mattox is a local historian, who currently serves as an independent scholar at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and State Museum. For the past several years, he has focused his independent research on slavery in Jackson County, Missouri, Missouri at-large and African Americans in the Civil War from Missouri and Kansas.
Larry Delano Coleman will serve as the panel moderator. Coleman is an ASALH member, second vice president of the Civil War Roundtable of Kansas City, and retired attorney. He is also a former African Methodist Episcopal church pastor and avid historian.
ASALH is the world’s oldest learned society devoted to the research, education, and the status of culture and history of people of African descent. ASALH was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the recognized "father" of Black History. Its mission is to promote, research, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information about Black life, history, and culture to the global community. Dennis Robinson is president of the Lorenzo J. Greene (KC) Chapter of ASALH.
The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.
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