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Scroll the images below from select events that Peggy has had the honor of being a part of...

"Books in the 'Burgh" Series Event

April 29, 2018 @ Heinz History Center | Pittsburgh, PA

Peggy was proud to speak at Pittsburgh's renowned Senator John Heinz History Center (an affiliate of the Smithsonian) for a "Books in the 'Burgh" series event held in honor of the recently released book, Heart and Soul: The Remarkable Courtship and Marriage of Josh and Virginia Craft Rose, written by her first cousin and esteemed journalist, Mary Ellen Butler.  The book captures the inspirational love story of Mary Ellen's parents, Joshua "Josh" Rose and Virginia Craft Rose, the only sister of Peggy's mother, Ellen Craft Dammond.  It was at the University of Pittsburgh that the Roses' met, and began what would eventually become a historic connection to the city via his work at the landmark Centre Avenue YMCA to his historic presence in Oakland, CA as that city's first African-American city council member.                             (Click on the image for more photos)

The Dalton School Black History Month Event

Peggy is an alumna of the internationally renowned Dalton School. A member of the class of 1960, Peggy was invited to speak to the entire school for Black History Month 2018, and in recognition of Dr. King's birthday. In a presentation entitled, "Ain't Gonna Let aNobody Turn Me 'Round", she shared her experiences in SNCC, as well as her family's acclaimed history. But most importantly she encouraged the students to become civically engaged.  Following her presentation, she had a Q&A with the students.                                                                                (Click on the image for more photos)

February 22, 2018 @ The Dalton School | New York City, NY

"Doing The Dream" Event in Honor of MLK

February 1, 2018 @ Bel Air Events | Kokomo, IN

Peggy was the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual "Doing the Dream" event in honor of Dr. King's birthday, and presented by Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution—and largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the nation—Ivy Tech Community College.   While the main event was held on February 1, Peggy also spoke to over 1,500 high schools students on January 31.  Both events were especially poignant with 2018 marking the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's assassination in Memphis, TN.   A tragedy that Peggy not only felt along with the nation, but on a very personal level through her work with SNCC and having met Dr. King, as well as attended the March on Washington.                                                                                        (Click on the image for more photos)

"Reclaiming Our Ancestors" Conference

October 20, 2017 @ SUNY University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY

Peggy spoke at SUNY, University at Buffalo 2nd Annual "Reclaiming Our Ancestors" conference, as part of three days of riveting, compelling and educational information via panels and presentations on the impact on racial justice and public history. Speakers also included the Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown, as well as Professor Barbara McCaskill, author of "Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory" about Peggy's great-great grandparents.                                     (Click on the image for more photos)

Rev. James Lawson Lecture & Book Signing

April 6, 2016 @ UCLA's Hammer Museum | Los Angeles, CA

Peggy had the honor of attending a lecture and book signing by Rev. James Lawson, not only the iconic nonviolence protest civil rights teacher, but her pastor emeritus at Holman United Methodist Church.   It was an event for his new book, Nonviolence and Social Movements: The Teachings of Rev. James Lawson, Jr., edited by Rev. Lawson with Kent Wong, Director of UCLA’s renowned Labor Center.  It was an event that of course brought back memories for Peggy—with her fellow SNCC members in the 60s—learning the nonviolence protest techniques on which the book is based.  Please either purchase the book (please click here) or check-out a copy through your local public library.                                                                                               (Click on the image for more photos)

"Underground" Premiere

March 2, 2016 @ The Theatre At The Ace Hotel | Los Angeles, CA

As the oldest living direct descendent of William and Ellen Craft, Peggy was invited to the premiere of the ground-breaking series on WGN, "Underground".  She learned that members of the cast and creative team read her great-great grandparents memoir, "Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom"...

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SCAD Dedication to William & Ellen Craft

February 16, 2016 @ SCAD| Savannah, GA

The famed Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) invited

Peggy and members of her extended family to the festivities tied to SCAD's dedication of a commemorative bronze medallion in the SCAD Museum of Art's lobby that honors her great-great grandparents William and Ellen Craft's escape from slavery. That escape included taking a train that stopped and passed through the then Central of Georgia Railway depot, which is now the current location of the SCAD Museum of Art. Peggy also performed a poem in tribute to her great-great grandparents at the commemoration dinner. Other events surrounding the commemoration included a talk with Dr. Barbara McCaskill, from the  University of Georgia, who is also a scholar on the Crafts and author of the book about them called "Love, Liberation and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory".  Dr. McCaskill also provided the introduction for the University of Georgia's publication of "Running a Thousand Miles to Freedom" by William & Ellen Craft.                                                                                                (Click on the image for more photos)

In addition to her own civil rights activism, Peggy shared the story of her renowned uncle, William Monroe Trotter. (photo credit: Tim Bath | Kokomo Tribune)