Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

New York Historical Society Museum and Library

New York, NY

September 7, 2018-March 3, 2019

Kevin Burkman, SSAAM Trustee, August, 2019

On Saturday, March 2, 2019, SSAAM board members Bruce Daniels (Vice-President), Reverend Edwin Lloyd (Chair, Policy & Procedures) and Kevin Burkman (Chair, Technology) visited an important and powerful exhibit at the New York Historical Society, "Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow". The exhibit featured the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War.

The period between the end of slavery in 1865 and the end of World War I in 1919 saw African Americans champion their rights as the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow began. Examining both the activism for and opposition to black citizenship rights, the works of art, political cartoons, photographs, documents, primary accounts, and timeline demonstrated  how ideas of freedom and citizenship were redefined by government and citizen action, and challenged by legal discrimination and violence.

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SSAAM board members Reverend Edwin Lloyd, Kevin Burkman, and Bruce Daniels with Fredrick Douglass, at the entrance to the NYHS, at the corner of West 77th St. and Central Park West, New York.