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March 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 29, 2019

Weekly on Wednesdays, beginning March 27th and concluding on May 29th (10 weeks).

This 10-session course studies the U.S. Abolitionist Movement to End Slavery. It looks at important events and at the movement’s debates about approach and methods. A fundamental focus will be political strategy and the relationship between class and race. Fundamental to the success of the movement to abolish slavery was the rebellion, running away, slave narratives and overall leadership of the enslaved, fugitive and freed Black people which had a great ideological impact on the rest of the population. Also, the Anti-Slavery Movement took place against the backdrop of the first Industrial Revolution, which perhaps provides some parallels to social and political struggles today and the current Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Some key questions we address include: What were the stages of the movement to end slavery? Who were the different social forces engaged in dismantling and maintaining slavery? The ideas and politics of the movement to end slavery can teach us valuable lessons for today’s struggles. This course aims prepare participants for deeper study of W.E.B. Du Bois’ Black Reconstruction in America.


  • John Wessel-McCoy
    John Wessel-McCoy is co-coordinator of Poverty Scholarship and Leadership Development at the Kairos Center. He develops relationships with grassroots community, religious, and labor leaders nationwide. In addition, he researches and develops curriculum focused on history, particularly focused on lessons from the abolitionist … Read More ›
  • Ciara Taylor
    Ciara Taylor is a popular educator, grassroots organizer and artist. In her position as Membership Manager with The People’s Forum, Ciara is committed to nurturing a community rooted in working class values of justice, love, and dignity for everyone through art and political education. She first became politically active in high … Read More ›
  • Kevin Kang
    Kevin Kang is a Korean New York City native, born and raised in Flushing, NY, and currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for TPF. In his role as Outreach Coordinator, Kevin is committed to build the working class membership and character of TPF, and curate events to foster dialogue and connection … Read More ›


March 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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