Civil Rights history focus of lecture

Historic Christ Church & Museum’s (HCC&M) 2018 Sunday Speaker Series will continue at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at 420 Christ Church Road, Weems.

Norfolk State University historian Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander will present “The True Champions of Civil Rights: Virginia’s African American Women.” Newby-Alexander will profile several African American women born in post-Civil War Virginia who defied conventional expectations of gender and race to become groundbreaking professionals in business, medicine and education as well as civic leaders and champions of social justice, reported education director and curator Robert J. Teagle.

Newby-Alexander said an entire cadre of African American women leaders born in the post-Civil War period came of age at a critical juncture in American history as racism, segregation and discrimination were seemingly incompatible cohorts with society’s emphasis on social advancement and progressive thought.

“College educated and middle class, these individuals set the nation on fire with their enthusiasm, accomplishments and vision for themselves and the African American community,” she said…