Harriet’s Political Will: Black Women’s Electoral Strength in an Era of Fractured Politics

An ensemble cast stages a performance that explores the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman. The performance is followed by a panel exploring the political implications of Tubman’s profound legacy.


Black women have long gone above and beyond the call of duty in their contributions to American civic life. Despite their extraordinary engagement, particularly in terms of voter turnout and political participation, black women and their interests face a jarring lack of political recognition and representation.

With that history in mind, an ensemble cast stages a performance that explores the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman—an early 20th-century civic organizer and political activist—through music, dance, and drumming. The performance is followed by a panel exploring the political implications of Tubman's profound legacy. Among other topics, the panel of political analysts and theorists will discuss how Tubman's story illustrates the powerful and lasting consequences of having black women as a driving force in the fight for equality and justice.

Panelists:

  • Barbara Arnwine
  • Alicia Garza
  • Nia-Malika Henderson
  • California State Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove

Moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Lisygay Hamilton in the performance piece

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