Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity

RESEARCH-DRIVEN SOLUTIONS FOR CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS REGARDING RACE AND CIVIL RIGHTS


Remembering the Victims of Slave Auctions: Abolishing Slavery in the Age of Repair 


Dr. Anne Bailey, author of “The Weeping Time,” which details one of the largest slave auctions in U.S. history, and SUNY Binghamton historian, speaks on research from the archives of the Albemarle County Courthouse about the sale of enslaved persons in Court Square, with moderator Andrew Davenport. 

Presented in collaboration with organizations of descendants, to memorialize human trafficking which took place in our downtown area and learn from the work of historians of slavery.

In partnership with the Historic Resources Committee of the City of Charlottesville, UVA Democracy Initiative’s Memory Project, JMRL, Preservation Piedmont and the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society.

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Rethinking the Future: Lessons from the Covid Era

Image: Dr. Wunmi Sadik, Dr. Leslie Alexander, and BU alumnus Henry Obispo
Dr. Wunmi Sadik, Dr. Leslie Alexander, and BU alumnus Henry Obispo

The Harriet Tubman Center welcomes our 2nd annual speaker series featuring Dr. Wunmi Sadik, Dr. Leslie Alexander, and BU alumnus Henry Obispo.

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Don't Focus On Statues, but It's a Good Place To Start | Opinion

There hasn't been enough connection between what goes on at an academic and intellectual level, and the general public. Listen to the lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Dr. Anne Bailey during a Newsweek podcast debate on confederate monuments. 

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Governor Hochul Announces 400 Years of African-American History Commission Appointments

Image: Governor Kathy Hochul unveils two new historical markers recognizing the injustice of two Lynchings that took place in Newburgh and Port Jervis in the mid-to-late 1800’s during Black History Month.
Governor Kathy Hochul unveils two new historical markers recognizing the injustice of two Lynchings that took place in Newburgh and Port Jervis in the mid-to-late 1800’s during Black History Month. Image Credit: Darren McGee/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul.
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced appointments to the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, which serves to highlight contributions by Africans and African-Americans to our country and to New York State. 

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Grand Opening

Image: Grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Center
Grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Center

The Sept. 28 grand opening celebration included live music from the Harpur Jazz Conspiracy Quartet, free food, speeches and custom masks for attendees with Tubman’s favorite motto on it, “Keep Going.”

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission

An initiative of the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity and the President's Office.

The commission’s recommendations will do much to enhance diversity on our campus and make Binghamton University a place that is truly welcoming and just.

- Harvey G. Stenger, President

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Statement of the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity in Response to Anti-Asian Violence photo

Response to Anti-Asian Violence

Statement of the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity in Response to Anti-Asian Violence

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Statement of the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity in Response to the Murder of George Floyd photo

Response to the Murder of George Floyd

Statement of the Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity in Response to the Murder of George Floyd

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Mission

Our mission is to conduct interdisciplinary research on the legacy of slavery and freedom in American history and public policy; finally, we hope to enhance Binghamton University's reputation as a place for innovation, cutting edge research and practical solutions to longstanding historical problems.

Goals of Center

The overall goal of our not-for-profit Center is to become a regionally and internationally recognized think tank on issues relating to American freedom and equity. Our intention is to steer the research, writing and programs of the center towards the following priorities:

  • Public History and Equity
  • Educational Equity
  • Medicine/STEM fields and Equity

 Harriet Tubman

Why establish a Harriet Tubman Center for Freedom and Equity at Binghamton University?

The year 2019 marks 400 years of the presence of people of African descent in British Colonial America.  Such an important milestone presents us with the perfect opportunity to examine closely issues relating to freedom and equity. Freedom is a fundamental human right and it is a core value in America and the world. The Declaration of IndependenceThe US Constitution and The Bill of Rights granted Americans priceless freedoms. The unprecedented nature of these documents reflecting some of the highest ideals ever espoused by any government garnered admiration from around the world. The delegates of the different states represented at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, however, sidestepped the issue of slavery, yet it has profoundly influence the course of American history. They left this question to future generations, and it took a Civil War and the Civil Rights movement to make the words of  The Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal” a reality.