National Welfare Rights Organization members march through Shaw, Washington DC in 1968.

We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC

March 30 2023 - Fall 2024
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We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC will trace Black feminism in Washington, DC from the turn of the 20th century through the civil rights and Black Power movements to today.

Curated by renowned historians Sherie M. Randolph and Kendra T. Field, the exhibition will focus on the stories and voices of Black feminist organizers and theorists— including Anna Julia Cooper, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mary Treadwell, and Nkenge Touré—whose expansive work made a difference in the lives of Black women in their Washington, DC communities and for all people throughout the United States. Standing at the intersection of race, class, and gender, Black feminists fought for a definition of freedom and liberation that extended beyond their individual circumstances—work that remains unfinished today.

We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC will open on the first floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC as part of a groundbreaking partnership between the National Women's History Museum and DC Public Library.

Check back for updates on how to visit the exhibition and further learning resources on Black Feminist DC.

National Welfare Rights Organization at Mother's Day March in DC.

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 We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC's online presence is sponsored by ArentFox Schiff.



NWHM thanks the following founding investors for making this exhibition possible:

AARP Foundation, Chicago Pacific Founders, the Dr. Nancy O’Reilly Family Foundation, Dr. Nancy O’Reilly and Women Connect4Good, Inc., Mari Snyder Johnson, Morgan Stanley, Meryl Streep, Mary Tolan, and Susan Whiting.


Image credits:

Top: Jack Rottier photograph collection, Collection #C0003, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.