Contact: Natalie Hastings
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Acquires Rare First Edition
of Twelve Years a Slave
1853 autobiography tells story from Oscar-nominated movie
2014 National Underground Railroad Conference
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, by remembering our freedom heroes of the past, present and future.
1963 was a momentous year in America. A collision of several forces focusing on race and power in America was underway.
On October 22, I along with my Freedom Center family, previewed the new major motion picture, 12 Years a Slave based on Solomon Northup’s novel also entitled 12 Years a Slave. The film, directed by Steve McQueen and now playing nation-wide, is an absolute must- see. From beginning to end, 12 Years a Slave took me on such an emotional journey. I cried as I saw the hardships and turmoil Solomon faced as Chiwetel Ejiofor expertly brought Solomon Northup to life.
Nearly 200 historians and modern abolitionists attended the first-ever Historians Against Slavery National Conference, co-hosted by Historians Against Slavery and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Keynote speakers of the conference were: