David Blight will be speaking about the International African American Museum at The Citadel Holliday Alumni Center.
The event is called “Appreciating Each Other’s History: An Afternoon with David W. Blight.” This name is in reference to a quote by Rev. Clementa Pinckney: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history — we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”
The talk will be moderated by Elijah Heyward, COO of the IAAM.
This will not be Blight’s first time in Charleston. He visited Hampton Park in April 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. It featured talks by Blight, Pinckey, and The Citadel’s Chaplain, Joel Harris, as well as a performance by The Citadel choir. Two months later, in after the murders of Reverend Pinckney and eight members of his congregation at Mother Emanuel AME Church, Blight wrote about that earlier gathering at the gateway to our campus and the lessons it has for our country. See: http://www.davidwblight.com/public-history/2015/6/22/clementa-pinckney-a-martyr-of-reconciliation