Historically Speaking is a recurring program series that responds to significant events affecting the African American community. Programs feature experts from diverse fields and are often moderated by esteemed journalists and cultural critics. The program also highlights authors who have written new and meaningful contemporary and historical fiction and nonfiction works. 

Historically Speaking has examined the lives of influential figures like James Baldwin, Pauli Murray, Thurgood Marshall, Susan Rice, Tommy Davidson, Alice Walker, and our own Secretary Lonnie Bunch. The program has also discussed the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, gentrification, the March on Washington, the removal of Confederate monuments, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African American community. 

Upcoming Events

(In Person) Historically Speaking: Trayvon – 10 Years Later

(In Person) Historically Speaking: Trayvon – 10 Years Later
Concourse, Oprah Winfrey Theater

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(In Person) Historically Speaking: Black Joy – A Conversation with Tracey Lewis-Giggetts

(In Person) Historically Speaking: Black Joy – A Conversation with Tracey Lewis-Giggetts
Concourse, Oprah Winfrey Theater

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Past Events

43 past event(s)

Historically Speaking: Advancing African American medical science from Reconstruction to the Present

Historically Speaking: Advancing African American medical science from Reconstruction to the Present
Online

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(In Person) Historically Speaking: AIN'T THAT A MOTHER: Postpartum, Palsy and Everything in Between by Adiba Nelson

(In Person) Historically Speaking: AIN'T THAT A MOTHER: Postpartum, Palsy and Everything in Between by Adiba Nelson
Concourse, Oprah Winfrey Theater

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Historically Speaking: Civil Rights Queen by Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Historically Speaking: Civil Rights Queen by Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Virtual

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Historically Speaking: An Evening with Secretary Bunch and Mayor Ras Baraka

Historically Speaking: An Evening with Secretary Bunch and Mayor Ras Baraka
Virtual

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Historically Speaking: A Great Moral and Social Force—Conversation with Timothy Todd

Historically Speaking: A Great Moral and Social Force—Conversation with Timothy Todd
Virtual

Free

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Freedom’s Eve | Watch Night, Family, and Memory

Freedom’s Eve | Watch Night, Family, and Memory
Virtual

Free

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Historically Speaking: How Corporate Branding Impacted Hip Hop

Historically Speaking: How Corporate Branding Impacted Hip Hop
Online

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Historically Speaking: Black Reconstruction — A Conversation Among Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates & Kevin Young

Historically Speaking: Black Reconstruction — A Conversation Among Eric Foner, Henry Louis Gates & Kevin Young.
Virtual

Free, registrations recommended.

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On French Soil: France Commemorates the Service of African American Soldiers

On French Soil: France Commemorates the Service of African American Soldiers
Online

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Historically Speaking: All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake with Dr. Tiya Miles

Historically Speaking: All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake with Dr. Tiya Miles
Virtual

Free

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