Recovered Voices: Black Activism in New Orleans from Reconstruction to the Present Day

March 5–7, 2021
All sessions will take place on Zoom.
Admission rates vary; view our Symposium 2021 webpage to register.

For a quarter of a century, The Historic New Orleans Collection has convened an annual symposium to speak to themes of historical interest. This year, we pause to listen.

The 25th Williams Research Center Symposium celebrates the voices of Black activists from the era of Reconstruction, as featured in three new THNOC publications. The protagonists of these books—journalists, poets, politicians, educators, and ardent champions of civil rights—have gone too long unheralded. Through their words, recovered from the archives, we will explore the origins and legacies of Black activism in New Orleans. The conversation unfolds in English and in French, in classrooms and newsrooms, and in the streets.

Continue to explore through our special Symposium 2021 webpage