Edwin A. Harleston Symposium: An Artist and Activist for the Ages, May 20th Emory University


Edwin Augustus Harleston (1882-1931) was an artist and civil rights leader whose work has been all but forgotten by contemporary art historians and civil rights advocates. As a co-founder of the Charleston, South Carolina branch of the NAACP, he was a tireless champion for the rights of the city's African American citizens. This symposium will explore the life and work of Edwin A. Harleston, his relationships, and his significance within the context of an emerging black awareness during the interwar years.

The symposium and keynote will be followed by a workshop led by local artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier using images found in the Robert Langmuir African American photograph collection and other archival materials to create works of art based on the theme: "Stay Woke: African American Art and Activism."

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.


Sat, May 20, 2017

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

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Jones Room

Level 3, Woodruff Library

540 Asbury Circle

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Akua McDaniel, Spelman College

Amalia Amaki, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

Michael Harris, Emory University

Keynote Speaker

Mae Whitlock Gentry

10:00AM - 11:30AM - Paper presentations

11:30AM - 1:00PM - Open for attendees to eat lunch offsite

1:00PM - 1:45PM - Keynote address

1:45PM - 2:00PM - Break

2:00PM - 3:30PM - Workshop

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