In celebration of Black History Month, the New York Historical Society will host W.E.B. Du Bois and the Fight for Black Equality as part of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series. Scholar, activist, and founding member of the NAACP, W.E.B. Du Bois fought institutionalized racism and discrimination throughout the early 20th century.
On February 19th, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis will discuss the life and work of Du Bois, one of America’s most influential civil rights activists. Topics range from Du Bois’ role as a founding member of the NAACP to his protest against the release of the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, a pro-Ku Klux Klan film supported by President Woodrow Wilson. Lewis, a Julius Silver University professor and professor of History at New York University, received Pulitzer prizes for both volumes of his two-part biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, and is a National Humanities Medal recipient.
Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Khalil Gibran Muhammad will moderate the discussion.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at W. 77th St.)
New York, NY 10024
TICKETS: $30; $18 for members. Please click here to purchase.