An Academy Special: Black History Month

African American Civil Rights: From Reconstruction to Right Now

The evolution of this nation toward freedom and equality for all is a story full of tension, turmoil and triumphs. From the end of the U.S. Civil War to our present day times, explore the journey of African American citizens toward the country's founding vision of a more perfect union. Each week throughout the month of February, we’ll be sharing a new virtual tour dedicated to the story of African American civil rights from Reconstruction through today. This program features four themes: Reconstruction, Rights, Revolution and Right Now, explored through online museum exhibits, videos, collections from Yale's archives, virtual visits to historical sites around the country and live events. Join the Academy Conversations Study Group hosted by the YAA Board of Governors, and explore these tours through weekly Zoom discussion sessions with fellow alumni. 

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Daughters of the Movement
  • Special Virtual Event

Civil Rights Series Finale

On Thursday, February 25th at 4:00pm, Yale Alumni Academy's virtual tour series: Civil Rights from Reconstruction to Right Now culminates with a special event co-sponsored by Yale Alumni College. It features seven women whose parents turned the tide of American history. The Daughters sat at the feet of those who were on the front lines of The African American Civil Rights Movement. Join us for a conversation with the daughters of Harry and Julie Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Bill Lynch, Al Sharpton, Malcolm X and the granddaughter of Percy Sutton, moderated by Yale Associate Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies Crystal Feimster. Tuition of $25 or donation, free for students, Yale staff, and those needing financial aid. This event will not be recorded. 

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Reconstruction

Frederick Douglass Collection at the Beinecke Library

The Walter Evans Collection of Frederick Douglass and Douglass Family Papers, described as “the most extraordinary private collection of Douglass manuscript material in the world” by David Blight, Sterling Professor of History, of African American Studies, and of American Studies at Yale. The Beinecke Library presents this discussion about processing and digitization of this major new collection.

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Yale Professor Daphne Brooks

Live Event: Liner Notes for the Revolution, Tuesday, February 23rd

Professor Daphne A. Brooks discusses her highly lauded new book Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound with Professor Matt Jacobson as part of the "Democracy in America" series @ the Virtual New Haven Free Public Library. Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00pm. With an innovative perspective on the story of Black women in popular music—and who should rightly tell it—Liner Notes for the Revolution pioneers a long overdue recognition and celebration of Black woman musicians as radical intellectuals.

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Daughters of the Movement

Yale Alumni College co-sponsors this conversation with the daughters of artists and activists who were on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement: Harry and Julie Belafonte, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Bill Lynch, Al Sharpton, Malcolm X and the granddaughter of Percy Sutton, moderated by Yale Associate Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies Crystal Feimster. Thursday, February 25th at 4:00pm Eastern.

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