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Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell

Aug 19, 2020 - Aug 19, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online Event by Heinz History Center
Downtown Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Join the Heinz History Center online for a screening of “Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell” on Aug. 19, as part of the 2020 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series presented by the African American Program of the Heinz History Center.

Mary Church Terrell actively campaigned for black women’s suffrage, even picketing the Wilson White House with members of the National Woman’s Party. Terrell fought for women’s suffrage and civil rights because she realized that she belonged “to the only group in this country that has two such huge obstacles to surmount…both sex and race.”

After the film, join African American Program Director Samuel W Black and film producer Robin Hamilton for a discussion.


Raised in privilege but degraded by persistent racial prejudice, Mary Church Terrell fought for the basic human right to be treated equally. Born the year of the Emancipation Proclamation, she made it her life’s mission to fight for justice. She, along with her husband, became champions of this cause. Along the way, their house became a beacon for change. Today, her former home on 326 T Street is a dilapidated frame in LeDroit Park in Washington, D.C. Its current state threatens to erase a landmark that deserves to be preserved for a woman whose efforts continue to impact the city.

Event is free, but registration is required.

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