Ida B. & Beyond Conference

Welcome to the Inaugural Ida B. & Beyond Conference, which was held on March 26 and 27 at the University of Tennessee. On this page, you will find the conference schedule, information on featured participants such as keynote speaker Mia Bay and James Morris McGrath, and archived videos of select sessions.

 

Thursday, March 26

Session I: 9:30 a.m. Welcome

Session II: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Rethinking the Life & Career of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Black Cultural Center

Moderator: Amber Roessner, University of Tennessee/Discussant: Mia Bay, Rutgers University

  • RJ Vogt, The University of Tennessee, The Advocacy Journalism of Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Jinx C. Broussard, Louisiana State University, Ida B. Wells: Social Reform through the Power of Public Relations
  • Danianese Woods, The University of Southern Mississippi, The Man Beside the Woman: A Historical Account of the Life & Legacy of Ferdinand L. Barnett
  • Jodi Rightler-McDaniels, South College, Considering the Legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s Anti-Lynching Crusade in Public Memory

Noon to 2 p.m.

Lunch with Keynote Speaker Mia Bay at Copper Cellar

Session III: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Beyond Ida B. Wells: Considering the Connection Between Wells and Alternative Reform Movements, Black Cultural Center

Moderator/Discussant: Amber Roessner, University of Tennessee

  • Susan I. Gray, Fairfax Museum Curator, Dr. Kate Waller Barrett: More than a Mother to Many
  • James McGrath Morris, Independent Scholar & Biographer, Ethel Payne: The First Lady of the Black Press
  • Chandra Clark, Florida A&M University, What Would Ida Do? Ascertaining the Relevancy of Ida B. Wells’ Legacy to Journalism Students at an HBCU

Session IV: Reception & Keynote

6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ida B. & Beyond Reception, Baker Center

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ida B. & Beyond Keynote with Mia Bay, Baker Center

Friday, March 27

Session V: Finale

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Lunch with Author James McGrath at Copper Cellar

  • James McGrath Morris, Independent Scholar & Biographer, Eyes on the Struggle—Ethel Payne: The First Lady of the Black Press

 

Featured Keynote Speaker Mia Bay

Ida B. Wells-Barnett scholar, Mia Bay.
Ida B. Wells-Barnett scholar, Mia Bay.

Mia Bay, preeminent Ida B. Wells-Barnett scholar and the Director for the Center for Race & Ethnicity at Rutgers University, served as the keynote speaker for the University of Tennessee’s inaugural Ida B. & Beyond conference on March 26, 2015.

Featured Speaker James McGrath

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN2Rf1c3KOw

James McGrath Morris, recent author of Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press, offered a book talk at the University of Tennessee’s inaugural Ida B. & Beyond conference on March 26, 2015. Click here  to watch a brief video about Payne.

 

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