Indianapolis district court to examine Booker T. Washington in Black History Month celebration

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will celebrate Black History Month this year with the presentation of “Booker T. Washington Slept Here: African American Politics in Indiana in the Early 1900s.”

National Museum of American History curator and former Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Modupe Labode will give the Feb. 14 presentation, examining how Booker T. Washington’s visits to the Hoosier state placed a spotlight on the concerns of African American political activists at the beginning of the 20th century. Those concerns – opposition to lynching, educational equality, personal safety and free access to public accommodations – would all become key components of the 20th century’s civil rights movement.

Additionally, musical entertainment will be provided by Tonya Martin, the lead soloist at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Martin also sings in a local group, The Tony Bryant Project.

The Black History Month event will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom, Room 202 of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis.

The program is free and open to the public, and 0.8 hours of CLE credit has been approved. Pre-registration is not required.

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