Black History Month
Miller Center events and exhibits to explore the African American experience
The evolution of affirmative action—and its uncertain future
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision overturning affirmative action in college admissions, this program examines the evolution and legacy of race-conscious college admission programs across the United States. A diverse panel of scholars discusses the significant impact of the historic policy on higher education as well as the uncertain future of racial diversity in college admissions.
Miller Center exhibits
Brown v. Board of Education
The "separate is inherently unequal" ruling forces President Eisenhower to address civil rights, a key step forward in African American efforts to secure equality
Reagan, Nixon, and race
An October 1971 call between a sitting and future president reveals how American racism finds expression in both overt and subtle ways
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
July 2, 1964: President Johnson signs one of the most far-reaching acts of legislation supporting racial equality in American history
‘I did not get off the car’
In 1854, 100 years before Rosa Parks, a Black woman championed the end to segregated public transportation in New York City. A future president helped her.
Shining a light on the era of integration
January 19, 2023: Sharing their personal stories, journalist Jill Lawrence and psychologist Pamela Gipson Banks discuss the recent culture wars over how race is taught in public schools.
Breaking silences: Lessons from Tulsa and Charlottesville
In May 2021, Joe Biden became the first president to officially commemorate the Tulsa Race Massacre, which happened exactly 100 years prior, when white mobs destroyed the all-Black Greenwood district.
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of freedom
January 24, 2020: David Blight discusses his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, a “breathtaking history that demonstrates the scope of Frederick Douglass’ influence”