Race, Slavery: Troubling History
Featuring Craig Steven Wilder, Professor and Chair, History Department, MIT
Location: Collins Cinema, Collins Cafe
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 5:00pm
How Slavery Shaped Schools: Northern Opposition to Black Education in Pre-Civil War America
The antebellum northern states produced vehement and popular opposition to the higher education of African Americans. In the five years beginning 1823, at least five black students graduated from northern colleges. Public outrage and legislative attacks brought that era to a violent end. This lecture will explore the contradictions of this period in American history, a set of problems and questions that inspired the writing of Ebony & Ivy.
Craig Steven Wilder is professor and head of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his career as a community organizer in the South Bronx. He provides workshops and assistance for community organizations and public schools in low-income areas of New York City. He is a senior fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative, which provides incarcerated men and women with a chance to ear their college degrees. Professor Wilder also maintains an active public history program, which includes his participation in Ken Burns' award-winning documentary, "The Central Park Five."