A Discussion with Mia Bay, Michael Coard and Linn Washington

Saturday January 26, 2013 – 7pm

To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells

A Discussion with Mia Bay, Michael Coard and Linn Washington

 Moderated by Erica Armstrong Dunbar 

Moonstone Arts Center, 110A S. 13th Street, second floor, 215-735 9600

Two historians, a lawyer and a journalist discuss Ida B. Wells and the cost of telling the truth in the nineteen century and today.


Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an Associate Professor of History with joint appointments in Black American Studies and Women’s Studies. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City has positioned her as a scholar of early African American Women’s history. Professor Armstrong Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Mia Bay is a Professor of History at Rutgers University. The Associate Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity since 2007, Bay became the Director of the CRE in 2011. A 2010 Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellow, and 2009 National Humanities Fellow, Bay is currently completing a study of African-American views on Thomas Jefferson, and a book on the social history of segregated transportation.  Mia Bay’s publications include the books To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells and The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People 1830-1925, as well a variety of book chapters and articles. Her most recent publications include: “Invisible Tethers: Transportation and Discrimination in the Age of Katrina,” “If Iola were a Man:’ Gender, Jim Crow and Public Protest in the Work of Ida B. Wells,” “Looking Backward in Order to Go Forward: Black Women Historians and Black Women’s History”.

Michael Coard is a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than 15 years of state and federal trial experience, specializes in murder cases and formerly worked at the Charles W. Bowser Law Center after having served as Legal Counsel for State Senator Hardy Williams. He is an adjunct professor in the African Studies Department and the Urban Studies Department at Temple University as well as a volunteer instructor of Criminal Justice and also Hip Hop in the university’s Pan African Studies Program.

Linn Washington Jr. is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly column for The Philadelphia Tribune. A graduate of the Yale Law Journalism Fellowship, Washington writes regularly on issues involving law, the criminal justice system, news media and inequities involving race and/or class. Professor Washington is the Director of the News-Editorial sequence and Co- Director of the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab. He teaches courses in news reporting, investigative reporting, and journalism law at Temple University. He has many years’ experience as an investigative reporter. He is the author of the book Black Judges on Justice: Perspectives from the Bench.

Part of the Ida B. Wells, Lynching & Trayvon Martin project February 22 to March 3, 2013 produced by Moonstone Arts Center

 for information www.moonstoneartscenter.org/idabwells or 215-735-9600

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