Everyday Resistance: Black Reconstructions of America Throughout the Nineteenth Century

Members: $125 | Non-members: $150

Virtual Event

This three-session virtual seminar will dive into complexities of education, public transportation, and African American familial and community dynamics in the nineteenth century as a way to illuminate the central arenas and vast array of strategies that nineteenth-century African Americans used in an effort to build a country that would allow them to survive and thrive. Throughout these three presentations, Dr. Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr. will (using an intersectional examination of race, gender, class, and place) explore these important historical topics to understand their national, state, and local impacts. Rather than a traditional presentation approach, each session will include interactive components between the facilitator and seminar participants to stimulate engaging conversations that bridge personal experiences, family and community histories, and broader historical patterns. The seminar will thematically explore the depth and breadth of African Americans’ resistance to anti-Blackness in and outside of Pennsylvania. Through this approach, participants will come away with an understanding that African Americans across multiple generations were continually fighting to reconstruct a more racially and gendered inclusive society well before the Reconstruction Era occurred.

Session One: Family and Community Structures
Wednesday January 10 | 6:00-7:30pm

Session Two: The Struggle for Educational Freedom
Wednesday, January 24 | 6:00-7:30pm

Session Three: Transit Justice
Wednesday, February 7 | 6:00-7:30pm

*All sessions will be hosted on Zoom. 

Dr. Holly A. Pinheiro Jr. is an assistant professor of African American history at Furman University. His first book, The Families’ Civil War: Black Soldiers and the Fight for Racial Justice, tells the stories of freeborn northern African Americans in Philadelphia struggling to maintain families while fighting against racial discrimination during the Civil War era.  He is the author of articles in American Nineteenth Century History, the African American Intellectual History Society’s Black Perspectives blog, and the Journal of the Civil War Era‘s Muster blog. His research focuses on the intersectionality of race, gender, and class in the military from 1850 through the 1930s. He was a 2015–16 Mellon Scholars Program Fellow through the Library Company’s Program in African American History.

Closed captioning will be provided. 

Sponsored by the Program in African American History 


Feb 07 2024


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Library Company of Philadelphia
1300 Locust St., 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm


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