july, 2022

26jul12:00 pm1:00 pmLunch and Learn: Free States/ Slave StatesHow massive Black escapes pushed the US into democracy


(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Details

What is the relationships between the massive number of escapes from slavery to the emerging democracy in the United States?

Our teach-in on Thursday, July 26th will introduce the following illustrated content:

1) Four Basic periods of Black Escapes:

  • American Revolution
  • the 2nd Middle Passage
  • The Underground Railroad
  • Contraband Camps

2) Black escapes spearhead the Abolitionist Movement

3) Impact on creating Free States

4) The Election of Lincoln freed the Abolitionists

This will be a great way to enjoy your lunch and relearn US History!

Our teacher will be Dr. Daud Watts, who is a specialist in both African and African American history. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University in 2011, his M.A. from Indiana University in 2000, and his B.A. from Trinity College (CT) in 1972. He has also studied at the University of Ghana and Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone. He taught and produced films for the DC Public Schools, authored materials in the African American History course mandated in the Philadelphia School system, and taught summer courses at the Smithsonian. He most recently taught at Dillard University in New Orleans before the covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Watts is also a photographer and musician. He has five children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandsons.


The Festival Center | School for Liberation 1640 Columbia Road NW Washington DC 20009

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