The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is celebrating Women’s History Month with public events that include special programs exploring the stories of pioneers Harriet Tubman and Recy Taylor; the events are designed to be free and will take place in the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater.
The events lined up for the celebration include a social media campaign using the hashtag #HiddenHerstory which will honor women who have shaped American history through a commitment to ending discrimination, a one-man theatre stage play “Taking the Stage” which journeys into the mind of revolutionary Stokely Carmichael as he prepares to engage in a standoff with state police during the 1966 “March Against Fear” in Canton, Mississippi, the museum’s “Cinema + Conversation” series will present “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” a film that tells the story of a 24-year-old Black woman who was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. After Taylor bravely identified her rapists, the NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support for Taylor and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse against black women and reveals Parks’ intimate role in Taylor’s story.
The event will include a keynote speech by Kimberle Crenshaw, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School and founder of Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and the African American Policy Forum. She is known for the introduction and development of intersectional theory. The social media campaign will also feature the stories of local women, artists, activists and educators who persisted despite the many intersecting forms of discrimination.