Northeastern Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC Presents Black History Forums on Women we Should Know

Conversations with C.R. Gibbs and Dr. Shirley Logan

What Gentrification Has Done to Us All These Years

Addressing Our Creeping Historical Amnesia

Conversation with C.R. Gibbs

Friday, February 20, 7 p.m.

Away from the marble monuments on the Mall, outside the precincts of the White House and the Capitol, particularly in the African American neighborhoods that give life and character to the city, an unrelenting, decades-old process of transformation, displacement, and destruction continues.

It has wreaked havoc on the population, decimated symbols of culture and achievement, and is leading to a creeping historical amnesia concerning the black presence in the city.

Join C.R. Gibbs, author, lecturer and historian of the African Diaspora, as he investigates the beginnings of the process, provides startling examples of the personal loss that often accompanies what is far from a neutral or natural socio-economic progression, and delivers a timely prediction about the future of the nation’s capital.

C.R. Gibbs, a long longtime resident of Washington, D.C., is the author or co-author of six books and a frequent national and international lecturer on an array of historical topics. He has appeared several times on the History Channel, on French and Belgian television, and he wrote, researched and narrated “Sketches in Color,” a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series “The Civil War” for WHUT-TV, the Howard University television station.

Conversation with Dr. Shirley Logan

Saturday, February 28, 12 noon

Women We Should Know: 19th Century Black Women of Faith

Shirley Wilson Logan is Professor of English in the English Department at the University of Maryland where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing and rhetoric. She specializes in nineteenth-century African American rhetoric, with an emphasis on women’s oral and written performances and has published several books and essays on this topic. The conversation will focus on religious underpinnings in the political activism of Maria W. Stewart, Amanda Berry Smith, Victoria Matthews, and Frances Watkins Harper, all outspoken women of faith.