The Black History Matters virtual lecture series continues

PETERBORO — The National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum Black History Matters 2022 program series continues for its final week beginning Tuesday, February 22.

February’s daily brief “crash courses” in American History began with a welcome and overview by Victoria Basulto, the program’s organizer.

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. The 2021 and 2022 Black History Matters programs are all available at

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 brief survey for a report to the funder and to guide NAHOF.

Tuesday February 22

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Victoria Basulto will explore what it took to get the two acts through and what effect they had afterwards.

Wednesday February 23

Gerrymandering, redistricting and voter suppression in 2022

In this presentation, JJ Citron provides insight into what gerrymandering is, why redistricting matters, and how manipulating both can lead to voter suppression.

Thursday February 24

Art and history as tools to promote anti-racist activism

James Stewart, a white historian who writes, lectures and produces videos on the history of American white supremacy will talk about his collaboration with black artist and illustrator Donald Walker. Walker’s patrons include Oprah Winfrey, the late Johnny Cochran, Coretta Scott King and several NBA basketball stars. Together, their collaboration has produced anti-racist activism that connects white suburbanites with black city dwellers. Stewart’s presentation explains how this collaboration works and how they hope the art can serve as a connection between the two groups.

Friday February 25

Black women and the intersectionality of race and gender

In her book, “Their Eyes Beheld God”, Zora Neale Hurston describes the plight of her black compatriots by saying that they are “the mules of the world”. This visceral image is a reminder of the double oppression that black women have suffered and continue to suffer today. Joanna Jimenez will present on the intersectionality of race and gender talking about the double challenge black women face in a society that disadvantages them for being female and for being black.

Saturday February 26

Black women and discrimination in medicine

In this presentation, Ellie Citron will provide a brief history of how Black women, enslaved or freed after the Civil War, have historically faced discrimination in medical practice. She will focus her case study on Virginia as an illustrative example of the kinds of discrimination black women have faced from doctors.

Sunday February 27

The mothers of modern gynecology: Anarcha, Betsy and Lucy

In preparation for the March Black Women’s History program, John Bowen, MD, will feature the lives of Anarcha, Betsy and Lucy who were enslaved women whose bodies were experimented on without their consent. The experiments conducted on them would lay the foundation for the modern field of gynecology.

Monday February 28

Thank You and Black Women’s History

Basulto says goodbye to viewers as she closes the BHM 2022 series. Additionally, she presents Black Women’s History, a program that will feature black women’s history in March.

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