Nearly 200 historians and modern abolitionists attended the first-ever Historians Against Slavery National Conference, co-hosted by Historians Against Slavery and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Keynote speakers of the conference were:
- Shamere McKenzie, a survivor of slavery, is nationally acclaimed for her compelling testimony and challenging analysis
- Douglas A. Blackmon, prize-winning journalist/historian and author of Slavery By Another Name, documented the origins of today’s prison-industrial complex
- Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Secretariat, Office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Norma Ramos, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
The aim of the conference, which will take place every two years, is to connect past with present, to deepen dialogue and collaboration between scholars, teachers, activists and community representatives and to build coalitions for antislavery learning and activism.
Historians Against Slavery
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center
John and Francie Pepper