Throughout its history the African American Museum has sponsored lectures and conferences to educate the community about the African American experience. The Museum has sponsored lecture series such as the African American Heritage series, the Thelma Thompson Daniels Lecture series for Women’s History Month, and the ARCO Lecture Series. The Museum has pioneered two conferences: The Biennial Black Women’s Conference and the African American History in Texas Conference.

Upcoming Lectures & Programs

FILM, BOOK REVIEW AND SIGNING by Dr. Terry Anne Scott, author of Lynching and Leisure: Race and the Transformation of Mob Violence in Texas.

Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Terry Anne Scott is Associate Professor of History and chair of the Department of History at Hood College in Maryland. In Lynching and Leisure, she examines how white Texans transformed lynching from a largely clandestine strategy of extralegal punishment into a form of racialized recreation in which crowd involvement was integral to the mode and methods of the violence. Scott powerfully documents how lynchings came to function not only as tools for debasing the status of Black people but also as highly anticipated occasions for entertainment, making memories with friends and neighbors, and reifying whiteness.

Prior to Dr. Scott’s presentation she will show the critically acclaimed documentary film: Lynching Postcards.

The Celebration of the Life, Liberation, and Leadership of El Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X)

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 11:00 a.m.

Curated Speeches | Open-Dialogue | Lunch

  • Listen & visualize the words of Malcolm X
  • Engage in constructive conversation
  • Lunch provided


Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 2:00 p.m.

The Lassiter Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Healthcare is devoted to women in health and women’s healthcare issues.  Bessie Lassiter, a registered nurse, was the wife of Dr. Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., who with his two children endowed the lecture.  Established healthcare professionals will be invited to present the lecture as part of our African American Heritage Series and a part of The Museum’s Culture of Wellness Initiative. Dr. Myrna Dartson


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