UMass Dartmouth MLK Breakfast keynoted by nationally-renowned authors of "Envisioning Emancipation"

Publishers Weekly calls book "haunting, touching, troubling, inspiring, and informative"

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the "History of Freedom" Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on March 29th at UMass Dartmouth's Woodland Commons. 

Authors Barbara Krauthamer and Deborah Willis will keynote the event with a presentation on their new book, "Envisioning Emancipation," called "haunting, touching, troubling, inspiring, and informative," by Publishers Weekly, which illustrates the black experience during the Civil War era with essays and photos of the enslaved on plantations and African American soldiers and camp workers in the Union Army, Juneteenth celebrations, slave reunions, and more. 

Following the event, Professors Krauthamer and Willis will hold a Q+A session and will host a book signing. Copies of "Envisioning Emancipation" will be on sale. 
Dr. Barbara Krauthamer serves as an assistant professor of history at UMass Amherst. She is the author of many articles and essays on the history of slavery and emancipation, and has received fellowships and awards from the Association of Black Women Historians, National Endowment for the Humanities, Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Dr. Deborah Willis serves as University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in 2000, she was also named as a Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow. She is renowned not just for her artistic talent, but regarded as one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture. 


Friday, March 29, 2013 
8:30 a.m. 

Woodland Commons 
UMass Dartmouth 
285 Old Westport Road 
North Dartmouth, MA 02747 

Tickets for the event are $25 for the public, University faculty and staff; and $15 for students. Table purchases will be available for organizations and corporations. To purchase tickets, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at 508.999.8008 or email 

Lots 7, Shuttle Service will be provided to Woodland Commons

News and Public Information