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From the History of the American People

Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle

Panel Discussion

Included in museum admission; free for members

Jacob Lawrence, c. 1941

Event Details

Curator Elsa Smithgall moderates a discussion with leading scholars in conjunction with an exhibition featuring panels from Jacob Lawrence’s Struggle Series (1954-56). They consider how this little-known cycle launched a new type of social history at the height of the civil rights movement while building on earlier epic narrative cycles.


  • Aaron Bryant, National Museum of African American History & Culture’s Mellon Curator of Photography
  • Spencer Crew, Professor of American, African American, and Public History at George Mason University
  • David Driskell, Founder of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African American and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland 


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