Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Virtual Program

Join The Heinz History Center for a screening of “Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell” as part of the 2020 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series presented by the African American Program of the Heinz History Center.

Mary Church Terrell actively campaigned for black women’s suffrage, even picketing the Wilson White House with members of the National Woman’s Party. Terrell fought for women’s suffrage and civil rights because she realized that she belonged “to the only group in this country that has two such huge obstacles to surmount…both sex and race.”

After the film, join African American Program Director Samuel W Black and film producer Robin Hamilton for a discussion.


Raised in privilege but degraded by persistent racial prejudice, Mary Church Terrell fought for the basic human right to be treated equally. Born the year of the Emancipation Proclamation, she made it her life’s mission to fight for justice. She, along with her husband, became champions of this cause. Along the way, their house became a beacon for change. Today, her former home on 326 T Street is a dilapidated frame in LeDroit Park in Washington, D.C. Its current state threatens to erase a landmark that deserves to be preserved for a woman whose efforts continue to impact the city.


Robin Hamilton is an Emmy-award winning journalist, filmmaker, and writer. Based in Washington, DC, Robin is a correspondent for the local Tribune affiliate’s newsmagazine program NewsPlus, and has hosted DC50-TV’s award-winning Black History month series for the past seven years. She received two master’s degrees, one from New York University, with a concentration in broadcast journalism, and a second in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a focus on policy and media. She founded the ARound Robin Production Company in 2012, which creates multiple videos for non-profits to help with fundraising, marketing and messaging initiatives. She wrote, produced, and directed her first film, This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, about famed Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. It was released in 2015. “Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell” is her second film and was completed in 2017.


This virtual program is free. In order to receive instructions on how to attend this program virtually, please register by clicking here.

A phone dial-in and audio-only version of this program is available, and the link can be requested by contacting Samuel W Black at swblack [at] heinzhistorycenter.org.