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McGowan Forum – Then & Now: Women in Civil Rights Leadership
  • Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

From the early days of the Civil Rights movement, African American women have worked and served in numerous and influential leadership roles. What are their experiences and what changes have taken place in their opportunities, expectations, responsibilities, and obstacles?  For the eighth annual McGowan Forum on Women in Leadership, a distinguished panel will discuss their personal journeys and advice they would offer to young women in the struggle for equality.

Moderated by Melissa V. Harris-Perry, host on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, panelists include Joyce Ladner, sociologist and civil rights activist; Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Avis Jones De-Weever, Exceptional Leadership Strategist and immediate past Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women; and Charlene A. Carruthers, national director, Black Youth Project 100.

This program is presented by the National Archives in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc. 

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.