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Presented By: William L. Clements Library

The Clements Bookworm: "Framing Identity" Online Exhibit

Representations of Empowerment and Resilience in the Black Experience

Author's Frontispiece in "My Bondage and My Freedom" by Frederick Douglass, 1855 Author's Frontispiece in "My Bondage and My Freedom" by Frederick Douglass, 1855
Author's Frontispiece in "My Bondage and My Freedom" by Frederick Douglass, 1855
We live in a world that is influenced by visual imagery. A single photograph can incorporate our joy, and accomplishments, as well as our challenges and defeats. As the most photographed person of his time, Frederick Douglass understood how to utilize photography as a tool for empowered self-representation. His lectures inspired others to participate in creating their own images that captured beauty and resilience within the Black Experience. This Bookworm talk explores photographic examples of Black empowerment from the "Framing Identity" online exhibit (clements.umich.edu/framing-identity) through a conversation with the Clements Library’s Joyce Bonk Fellow, Samantha Hill, and Graphics Curator Clayton Lewis. They will take a closer look at photography and literature in the Clements’ collections to explore how artists and intellectuals present themselves through the creative process.

The Clements Bookworm is a webinar series in which panelists discuss history topics. Recommended books, articles, and other resources are provided in each session. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Live attendees are encouraged to post comments and questions, respond to polls, and add to our conversation and camaraderie.

This episode was generously sponsored by an anonymous Clements Supporter.
Author's Frontispiece in "My Bondage and My Freedom" by Frederick Douglass, 1855 Author's Frontispiece in "My Bondage and My Freedom" by Frederick Douglass, 1855
Author's Frontispiece in "My Bondage and My Freedom" by Frederick Douglass, 1855
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