Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati
2016 National Speaker
“Black Migration to Racial Justice: Are We There Yet?”
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Music Hall Ballroom, 1241 Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine
This year our guest speaker was Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Isabel Wilkerson. Isabel Wilkerson is author of The Warmth of Other Suns. Our annual fundraising event was held April 14, 2016, at 7:30 pm in the Music Hall Ballroom in Over the Rhine.
Isabel Wilkerson’s presentation was “Black Migration to Racial Justice: Are We There Yet?”
With the high-profile killings of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of police and civilians in Ohio and elsewhere, many people are asking just how far we have really come since the days of Jim Crow.
The need for dialogue has never been more acute. In this timely lecture, Isabel Wilkerson addressed the persistence of racial injustice as a national challenge and the lessons her historical analysis can teach us as we work to overcome it. History is asking us: Have we reached our racial moment of truth?
History of National Speaker Forum
The Status of Women Committee, under the leadership of Mary Wells in 1993, reestablished the National Speaker Forum as an annual fundraiser. WCC and twenty-eight co-sponsoring organizations brought Lani Guinier to Cincinnati for the event. Guinier had just testified at the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas for the U.S. Supreme Court. She spoke about “her version of civil rights, as opposed to conservative opponents’ views” to a sold-out venue. This forum surpassed the organization’s initial fundraising expectations and netted a large profit. The club’s annual National Speaker Forum became its primary fundraising event, bringing to the community nationally-known women including NPR host Susan Stamburg, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, NPR interviewer Terry Gross, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Naomi Tutu, Diane Rehm, Kerry Kennedy, Robin Wright and Candy Crowley.
-from “Lighting the Fire, Leading the Way” by Rachel Powell
1994 to 2015