History, Virtual & Streaming
Historic New England presents a conversation with historian Kerri Greenidge.
Join us for this illuminating talk on civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter (1872–1934). With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, Trotter galvanized Black working class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post-Reconstruction America. For more than thirty years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published "The Guardian," a weekly Boston newspaper read across the nation.
Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of Black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Synthesizing years of archival research, Greenidge renders the drama of turn-of-the-century America and reclaims Trotter as a seminal figure, whose prophetic, yet ultimately tragic, life offers a link between the vision of Frederick Douglass and Black radicalism in the modern era.
Kerri Greenidge received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University, where her specialty included African American history, American political history, and African American and African diasporic literature in the post-emancipation and early modern era. Her scholarship explores the role of African American literature in the creation of radical Black political consciousness, particularly as it relates to the African diaspora during the early twentieth century, African American elections in the urban north, and Democratic populism during the Progressive Era.
This is an online program. A link for the program will be included in the order confirmation.