Black History Events

Honoring New York’s first civil rights march — a special virtual event with Green-Wood Cemetery

I’m very pleased to be able to join author Eric K. Washington in a special ‘virtual history’ discussion of the Silent Parade of 1917 — courtesy a special event sponsored by Green-Wood Cemetery.

Join Eric and I on Wednesday, August 19 at 5pm for an illustrated discussion of this important moment in New York City History. Tickets are just $5. Get your tickets here.

And here’s a full write-up of the event:

It was a summer of attacks across America on people of color. Join historian Eric K. Washington, whose book, Boss of the Grips, has just been awarded a 2020 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for History, and Greg Young of the Bowery Boys, for a discussion about the Silent March of 1917.

Approximately 10,000 African Americans marched down Fifth Avenue to the beat of muffled drums, without saying a word, in protest. Here’s your chance, in our turbulent times, to learn about the roots of civil resistance on the streets of New York City just over a century ago.

$5/Free for members. This conversation is part of our new series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History. On the day of the program, participants will receive a Zoom link and access code.


And for more information on the Silent Parade of 1917, check out the Bowery Boys podcast from earlier this year:

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