Virtual Civil Rights Leadership Tour

Each year, participants from the Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellows program take a class called “Disarming Injustice: Nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement” and participate in a Civil Rights Leadership Tour. Our study of the Civil Rights Movement will focus on events and leadership at the center of the movement. After spending time in class, we explore the impact of the movement on a travel learning journey and then apply the lessons learned to the emerging civil rights movement we find ourselves in today.

This year, the journey will be virtual, but will still provide an intentional deep dive in learning and engagement. Through speaking engagement and programs, students will increase their understanding of how they can take part in disarming injustice.  We’ve curated an intentional experience and identified a variety of events, programs, keynote speakers, and more that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home or office.



Saint Heron Community Library 

Solange’s Saint Heron studio and platform has announced the launch of its free library of “esteemed and valuable” books by Black creators for research, study and exploration. Each reader will be invited to borrow a book of their choice for 45 days, completely free of charge. It is available via Saint Heron’s website, 

A growing media center dedicated to students, practicing artists and designers, musicians and general literature enthusiasts. The library’s focus is education, knowledge production, creative inspiration and skill development through works by artists, designers, historians, and activists from around the world.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Kennedy Center is sharing encore performances from their Millenium Stage! Check out the currently posted performances and tune in every weekday at 6 p.m. ET and weekends at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET to catch performances that include those from Black creatives! Tune into their encore performances here

Black Wall Street – Millennium Stage (February 10, 2019)

Nikara Warren’s project Black Wall Street is a set of feel-good tracks designed as an ode to Black Excellence to counteract the emotional trauma caused by news of Black people being slain by police

Check out the performance here!

Past Event “Replays” 

If you weren’t able to join the event live, check out the replay here: 

Facing History Now: Conversations on Equity and Justice – Athlete Upstanders & the Role of Activism in Sports sponsored by Facing History and Ourselves

Watch the replay here

From breaking long-standing color barriers to the Black Lives Matter movement, there is a long history of sports activism in pursuit of racial justice. For the athlete upstanders who lead these movements, however, there is also a long history of backlash and public opposition.

Join Facing History and Ourselves for a conversation featuring Olympic gold medalist and renowned activist, Dr. Tommie Smith, and other acclaimed athlete activists, moderated by Lamont Jones, General Counsel of Boxing Operations for Haymon Boxing Management. This timely conversation will connect historical sports activism to modern-day protests, and ask what we can all learn from the athlete activists who choose to take a stand.

Dr. Tommie Smith is a former track & field athlete and internationally distinguished figure in African American history. During the 19th Olympiad in Mexico City in the summer of 1968, Tommie Smith completed the 200 meter-sprint in under 20 seconds, breaking the world and Olympic record and winning a gold medal. On the victory podium, Tommie Smith and fellow medalist John Carlos famously raised clenched, black-gloved fists in a historic stand for equality, liberation, and solidarity known as the The Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR). This courageous, unexpected worldwide stand propelled Tommie Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist, and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad. Since the games of the 19th Olympiad, Tommie has enjoyed a distinguished career as a coach, educator and activist. 

“Black Lives Matter as a Curriculum” presented by the Anna Julia Cooper Center 

The Spring 2021 Black Lives Matter Speaker Series will help attendees understand the contemporary web of social, political, economic, and direct actions operating under the broad theme of Black Lives Matter. The inaugural event of this series is a discussion with Dr. Frank Leon Roberts, founder of the Black Lives Matter Syllabus.

Watch the replay here

“A TRIBUTE TO THE A&T FOUR: IT’S ABOUT US”, Sponsored by North Carolina A&T University 

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A virtual tribute to the A&T Four and the 61st anniversary of the Feb. 1st Woolworth’s Sit-in.

King 2021 Lecture and Conversation Series: Where Do We Go From Here? Facing 2021 and Beyond hosted by Morehouse College

Watch live on YouTube HERE 

Lecture and Conversation Series: Where Do We Go From Here? Facing 2021 and Beyond. A virtual conversation with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III, ’92. Panelists will discuss systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and other forms of injustice in our times.

MLK Holiday Virtual Weekend with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

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The Apollo Theater and WYNC Present: “Apollo Uptown Hall: MLK and the Fierce Urgency of Now!” (In collaboration with the March on Washington Film Festival) 

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This year’s digital version of the MLK Apollo Uptown Hall will unpack the implications of the 2020 US Presidential Election through the prisms of civil rights and modern-day social justice movements. Join WNYC’s co-hosts Brian Lehrer, Jami Floyd, and The Takeaway’s Tanzina Vega as we present in-depth interviews and narrative exploration with political leaders, authors, artists, and activists, to examine Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights philosophy, tactics, challenges, and triumphs within the lens of today’s social and political climate. Featured guests include:

  • Congressman James E. Clyburn, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina
  • Reverend Dr. William Barber, II, President of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of The Poor People’s Campaign
  • Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Civil Rights activist and Co-Founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of The New York Times’ 1619 Project
  • Letitia James, Attorney General for the State of New York
  • Dr. Uche Blackstock, Yahoo! News Medical Contributor and Founder & CEO of Advancing Health Equity
  • Dr. Jeff Gardere, Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Queen Afua, Five-time best-selling author and CEO of the Queen Afua Wellness Center
  • Leslé Honoré, Blaxican artist and activist, who will read from her book of poems Fist & Fire

Busboys and Poets Present: “Reflections on Politics, Race, and Culture – A Presidential Inaugural Event”

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On the eve of the Inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States, Busboys and Poets hosted a live conversation. This virtual spin on Busboys and Poets’ Annual Inaugural Peace Ball was hosted by Andy Shallal (Founder, Busboys and Poets) and Ben Jealous (President, People For the American Way), in partnership with Jennifer Epps-Addison (Network President and Co-Executive Director Center for Popular Democracy) with live music, poetry and special guests:

  • Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Alicia Garza, Nikki Giovanni, Somava Saha, Ibram X. Kendi, Medea Benjamin, Ayanna Pressley, Rashad Robinson
  • Performance by DuPont Brass, music by DJ CarmenSpindiego, and more!