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National Archives Foundation Hosts Program on Race and Justice with Soledad O’Brien, Taylor Branch, Ibram Kendi and Wesley Lowery

September 24, 2020


  • History Speaks: Racism and Reform in America – virtual program and fundraiser on race and social justice hosted by the National Archives Foundation


  • Soledad O’Brien, Journalist, Moderator
  • Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Panelist
  • Ibram X. Kendi, anti-racism scholar and author, Panelist
  • Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Panelist
  • Governor James J. Blanchard, Chair and President of the National Archives
    Foundation Board of Directors, Opening remarks
  • David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, Opening remarks


  • Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)


  • Live, online event


  • Purchase tickets:
  • An expert panel conversation anchored by the records found in the National Archives will explore the history of racism in America and how our past is important to understanding the social justice and equity issues of today.
  • This program fundraiser will support the launch of the National Archives Foundation’s Rights and Justice Fund. The fund will provide resources for research, public programs, exhibitions and educational materials focused on the stories of African Americans and people of color, as found in the records of the National Archives.

*Select members of the media will receive comp tickets on a first come first, served basis.


About the National Archives Foundation
The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at