Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

MTW Chronology

 

Marion Thompson Wright Lecturers & Themes
1981-2014

1981

Sterling Stuckey, historian, Black Studies Through the Prism of Paul Robeson

1982

Max Roach, percussionist and educator, The Sacred and Secular Traditions of Black Music

1983

John Blassingame, historian, Black Historical Scholarship and the Black Historian

1984

Vincent Harding, historian, The Role of Religion in the History of Haitians, Jamaicans and Afro-Americans

1985

 Esther Rolle, actress, Not Without Laughter: Humor in the Past and Thought of Afro-Americans

1986

 James Farmer, civil rights activist and educator, Marching to Different Drummers: A Civil Rights Movement Retrospective

1987

Robert C. Weaver, economist, educator, and administrator, The New Black Urban Experience

1988

Basil Davidson, historian, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

1989

James A. Moss, Jr., clinical psychologist and educator (son of Marion Thompson Wright), Marion Thompson Wright and the Writing of New Jersey Afro-American History

1990

Gerald Davis, anthropologist and folklorist, Folkways and Black History

1991

Arnold Rampersad, literary scholar and biographer, The Use of History in Afro-American Literature

1992

 John Bracey, historian, The Age of Christopher Columbus: Legacies for Africa and the Americas

1993

Nell Irvin Painter, historian, Black Women in Afro-American History

1994

 Joe William Trotter, Jr., historian, Travelin’ On My Mind: The Great Migration Reconsidered

1995

Wilson Jeremiah Moses, historian, Booker T. Washington and Modern Black Leadership Reconsidered

1996

 Derrick Bell, legal scholar and novelist, Separate But Equal: Plessy v. Ferguson in Historical Perspective

1997

Robin D.G. Kelley, historian, Small Footprints on the Past: America’s Black Children in Historical Perspective

1998

 Sterling Stuckey, historian, Climbing Jacob’s Ladder: The Life and Times of Paul Robeson

1999

Eric Foner, historian, On the Meaning of Freedom

2000

Ali Mazrui, historian and philosopher, Time…Africa and the Diaspora

2001

Bettye Collier Thomas, historian and archivist, Every Wise Woman Buildeth Her House: Sisterhood in the Black Church

2002

Spencer Crew, historian and museum director, Old Stories, New Venues: African American History in Public Spaces

2003

David Levering Lewis, historian, W.E.B. DuBois in Africa

2004

 Roger Wilkins, historian and journalist, Brown v. Board of Education in Retrospect

2005

 James Oliver Horton, historian, Lessons from the Past: The 25th Anniversary of the Marion Thompson Wright Series

2006

 Cheryl Wall, literary scholar, Black Creativity and Modern American Life

2007

David Blight, historian, Time Longer Than Rope: Historical Memory and the Black Atlantic

2008

Bernice Johnson Reagon, cultural scholar, Private Grief and Public Mourning in African American Life and History

2009

Deborah Gray White, historian; Bob Herbert, columnist, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: Lincoln, the NAACP, and the World They Created.

2010

Annette Gordon-Reed, historian, Laboring in the Vineyard: Scholarship and Citizenship

2011

Deborah Willis, historian and curator, Beauty and the Black Body: History, Aesthetics and Politics.

2012

Joycelyn Elders, Former United States Surgeon General, Taking Good Care: A History of Health and Wellness in the Black Community.

2013

Thavolia Glymph, Duke University; Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania; James Oakes, The City University of New York; Tera Hunter, Princeton University, Emancipation and the Work of Freedom.

2014

Bob Moses, civil rights movement veteran and president and founder of The Algebra Project; Diane Nash, civil rights movement veteran, Tending the Light: Community Organizing and the Modern Civil Rights Movement

2015

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Curatng Black America