2013 MARION THOMPSON WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES
Conference commemorates Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation
NEWARK, NJ – The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation will be brought into sharp focus at the 2013 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Emancipation and the Work of Freedom, Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers University’s Newark Campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
New Jersey’s largest and most prestigious conference commemorating Black History Month celebrates its 33rd anniversary next year. The 2013 MTW conference will explore the ways in which Emancipation immediately impacted enslaved African Americans and, crucially, how the enslaved worked to free themselves. The proceedings will also investigate freedom’s wide-ranging impact on the nation at the time of Emancipation, as well as its legacy through the present. The daylong conference features award-winning historians James Oakes (CUNY Graduate Center), Thavolia Gymph (Duke University), Steven Hahn (University of Pennsylvania), and Tera Hunter (Princeton University).
Immediately following the MTW conference, the audience is invited to attend a free reception at the Newark Museum, and participate in guided tours of the museum’s’ collections of works which reflect Emancipation themes beginning at 3:30 p.m., The reception also features live musical entertainment by The Bradford Hayes Trio.
Both the MTW conference and museum reception are free and open to the public.
The Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series is sponsored by the Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, the Federated Department of History, Rutgers-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology; and the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State. The 2013 conference receives additional support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and The Prudential Foundation.