The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.
Dr. Ira Reid: Haverford College's Unsung Scholar Activist tells the story of the unsung, pioneering transformational scholar who strengthened the chorus of justice, peace and equal opportunity for all. In the first half of the 20th century, Ira de Augustine Reid was the first African American who had taught at a predominantly Black Southern university to pioneer the acceptance of faculty who looked like him at predominantly White Northern universities. Before joining the faculty at Pennsylvania’s Haverford College, Reid taught at Atlanta and Columbia Universities. His study of Black immigrant communities resulted in a close working relationship with W. E. B. DuBois after being hired by him in 1934. He later mentored a young Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who served as a research assistant to Reid.
Following the screening, director Rel Dowdell will speak about the process of creating the film and the importance of Reid’s legacy.
Date & Time
Sat, Feb 10, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM