This xc thing was much more than I bargained for. I was a little surprised at the format; in some ways I think that having people read quotes added, and in some ways it detracted from the presentation. Same goes for the interspersion of music, although I really wanted to sing all the verses of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I liked how they opened with the theme of silence, and ended with it. The talk made a full loop, and provided a very interesting synopsis of John Washington’s life. I thought they did a good job describing the Fredericksburg that Washington lived in, and his personal characteristics that led to his success. It’s interesting that he married a free Black woman in a Black church by a White pastor. I was really glad that Blight then talked about his perspective: how he came to write the book/ become involved with the project. The caliber of his speaking style is something we can only aspire to. I was really impressed with him. Moreover, all I can say is that Ruth Washington is a force to be reckoned with. I feel very fortunate to have heard both his descendants speak! It was definitely worth going!
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