Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943

Seventh Annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium

“Black Revolutionary Thought from Gabriel to Black Lives Matter”

March 17–18, 2017

The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

The 7th annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium, “Black Revolutionary Thought From Gabriel to Black Lives Matter” will take place Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th 2017 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Lemon Project is a “multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetuated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction.” The symposium is an opportunity for scholars, non-scholars, community members, teachers, students, and others to share research and discuss ideas. For more about the Lemon Project, go to

As American colleges and universities begin the revolutionary task of confronting their slave-holding past, it is important to remember that African Americans have long grappled with slavery and racial oppression, from 1619 to the present. From the open rebellion of Nat Turner to the quieter revolutions of the thousands of enslaved men and women who feigned illness, broke tools, or slowed down the pace of work, black revolutionaries throughout the eighteenth-and-nineteenth-century Atlantic World challenged the existing racial order. In the nineteenth century, from slavery into reconstruction, and beyond, figures like Pauline Hopkins, Harriet Tubman, and Sutton E. Griggs spoke out and railed against racist practices and racially-motivated violence. And the revolution continues today with people like Bree Newsome, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, Beyoncé and Black Lives Matter activists.

We seek papers that address and confront the diverse breadth of topics surrounding Black Revolutionary Thought from both historical and modern perspectives. We encourage presenters to engage a wide range of time periods, methodologies, and fields, such as American Studies, the Atlantic World, archaeology, anthropology, history, gender studies, and Africana studies.

Possible topics include but are not limited to: Atlantic World revolutionary thought; the Underground Railroad; gendered resistance; the Back to Africa movement and colonization societies; antebellum and postbellum activists such as Harriet Jacobs and Sojourner Truth; A. Phillip Randolph and the African American labor movement; Women’s Clubs and the politics of respectability; Colored Conventions; WWII and the Double V campaign; Black Power; third world feminism; the Black Lives Matter movement; “resegregation“ and education reform; the New Jim Crow and mass incarceration.

Cover Sheet •Please include a cover sheet with the following:

  • Contact Information: Name, Email, and Phone
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Professional Title
  • Indicate whether you are a/an:
    • Undergraduate Student
    • Graduate Student
    • Law Student
    • Community Member
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Administrator


  • 300-500 words double-spaced
  • Title
  • What is your project?
  • How does it relate to the theme?
  • Brief bio (not more than 200 words)

Submit proposal to: no later than Friday, February 17, 2017