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Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age
Hosted at the Delaware Historical Society and the University of Delaware, April 24-26, 2015
This symposium, the first to take the convention movement as its focus, posed questions about the ways in which understandings of nineteenth-century campaigns for racial justice shift when the decades-long Colored Conventions movement stands alongside abolition and the underground railroad as one of the principal ways in which we conceive of early racial and justice movements. Presenters brought a wide range of interdisciplinary perspectives to the meeting: religious, historical, literary, gender, visual, and performance studies. Organizers and presenters highlighted the crucial work done by Black women, who have been largely erased from convention minutes, in the broader organizational and social networks that made these conventions possible. An edited collection, symposium video highlights, and online exhibits to complement featured essays are forthcoming. Watch this space!
Kimberly Blockett | Bio