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Scientist of Activism

June 10, 2023 – December 3, 2023

This exhibit honors the decades-long work of Mandy Carter, a Durham-based Black lesbian activist who has been central in the struggle for social justice. While celebrating Mandy and her community organizing tactics, this exhibit celebrates four central anniversaries of national and regional organizations that Mandy joined, founded, or led. These organizations: War Resisters League, celebrating 100 years; 60 years since March On Washington; Southerners On New Ground, celebrating 30 years and the National Black Justice Coalition, recognizing its 20th year, are all central to the legacy of nonviolent resistance, Black freedom movements, and queer liberation and through this exhibit shows what it takes to get us free.

Curator: Kamau Pope, Ph.D student, History Department, Duke University


Opening Event: Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Rubenstein Library

  • 4:30-5:15 p.m.: Exhibit viewing and reception (Chappell Family Gallery, Rubenstein Library)
  • 5:15-6:30 p.m.: Formal program with Mandy Carter and others (Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library room 153)

Please RSVP here.

Parking (free):

September 9, 2023: event in collaboration with the Durham County Library in conjunction with North Carolina Pride. 

October 24, 2023: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, panel presentation with Mandy Carter and others in honor of anniversaries: War Resisters League (100 years); March On Washington (60 years); Southerners On New Ground (30 years); and the National Black Justice Coalition (20 years).

More details and events to come!


Mandy Carter
Mandy Carter