Virtual Forums

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture is pleased to be a supporter or participant in several recent events. See to view the recordings for each of these critically important discussions.

Driving While Black: A Conversation with Gretchen Sorin (June 24, 2020)
Hosted by the The Mark Twain House & Museum

Acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin in conversation with Kimberly Kersey, the executive director of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, discuss Sorin’s book Driving While Black. Driving While Black reminds us, the Civil Rights Movement was just that—a movement of black people and their allies in defiance of local law and custom. At the same time, Sorin shows that the car, despite the freedoms it offered, brought black people up against new challenges, from segregated ambulance services to unwarranted traffic stops, and the racist violence that too often followed. Interwoven with Sorin’s own family history and enhanced by dozens of little known images, Driving While Black charts how the automobile fundamentally reshaped African American life, and opens up an entirely new view onto one of the most important issues of our time.

Unspoken Truths: Race Relations and the Journey Toward Equity (June 23, 2020) A 90-minute public forum that explores the emotions the Black community is experiencing in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests. A raw, authentic, and impassioned conversation with Ayesha Clarke, Donessa Colley, Jeffrey Ogbar, and Godfrey Simmons. Moderated by The Amistad Center Board Member, Joelle Murchison. Engineered and recorded by The Connecticut Mirror.