Sarah L. Silkey, Ph.D., speaks at Thomas T. Taber Museum

Sarah L. Silkey, Ph.D., speaks at Thomas T. Taber Museum

The cover of Silkey's book, “Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism.”

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Lycoming College will host Sarah L. Silkey, Ph.D., as one of several speakers in the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative series. Silkey’s presentation, “Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells and the Struggle against Racial Oppression,” will be held on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m., in the Thomas T. Taber Museum, located at 858 West Fourth Street in Williamsport, Pa. This event is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Silkey will explore the efforts of Ida B. Wells, an African American journalist and civil rights activist, to combat the three key pillars of African American oppression in the late nineteenth century: segregation, lynching, and the convict lease system. The presentation will draw from her recently published book and include clips from the documentary “Slavery by Another Name.” A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

Sarah L. Silkey is an associate professor of history at Lycoming College. She received her doctorate from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and served as a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. Silkey is the author of several scholarly essays and a new book, “Black Woman Reformer: Ida B. Wells, Lynching, and Transatlantic Activism.” Her research examines nineteenth-century transatlantic debates about American lynching and race relations.

Silkey’s presentation is a part of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative, which is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The grant was awarded to the Snowden Library at Lycoming College.

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