National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center

“Lifting as We Climb”: the life and legacy of Mary Church Terrell

The event recording can now be viewed here:

The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio and Ohio History Connection are hosting a screening event about suffragist and civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954), a graduate of Oberlin College and teacher at Wilberforce University who is featured in the museum’s exhibit Queens of the Heartland. Her parents were both enslaved, but they rose quickly to become one of the wealthiest families in the South during the Civil War. Terrell may be little known to us now, but her advocacy work in the 20th century is foundational to the Black activism movement.

The program will include a screening of UNLADYLIKE2020’s film about Mary Church Terrell, followed by a lively discussion with Dr. Treva B. Lindsey of Ohio State University’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and UNLADYLIKE2020 Executive Producer, Director & Writer Sandra Rattley.

Register for this free education program through this Zoom link. For more information, email


  • May 13, 2021
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST


  • Virtual

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