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A Movement, Not a Moment: Reflecting on the Past, Present and Future of Black Freedom

The Buffalo Museum of Science and Delaware North invite our neighbors to a free speaking engagement featuring Dr. Russell Wigginton, the president of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Reflecting on the devastating events of May 14, Dr. Wigginton will discuss urgent topics of civil and human rights and the pursuit of social justice through the context of historic milestones in the American civil rights movement. The conversation will include time for audience member questions with the hope of sparking a dialogue that will carry into the Buffalo community’s healing and rebuilding efforts.

Delaware North’s culinary team from Highmark Stadium and KeyBank Arena will provide lunch immediately following the event.

Ekua Mends-Aidoo and Kendra Brim, local professionals and hosts of the “Black Gems Dive In Podcast,” will moderate the conversation.

In addition to Dr. Wigginton’s speaking engagement, Delaware North will sponsor day-long free visitation for individuals and families to the Buffalo Museum of Science on July 9.

Space in the auditorium is limited. Register for the speaking engagement online at the link below or by calling the Museum at 716.896.5200 x321.

Age: All ages

Cost: Free

Dr. Russ Wigginton serves as the President of the National Civil Rights Museum. He assumed this role on August 1, and brings vast experience in education, fundraising, operations, and community engagement. Prior to assuming this role, Wigginton served as the Chief Postsecondary Impact Officer for Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) from 2019-2021, where he led the organization’s work for postsecondary access, retention, and completion. Previously he served as vice president for student life and dean of students at Rhodes College from 2017-2019, where he oversaw the college’s co-curricular experience for students. From 2006-2017, Russ served as vice president for external programs and vice president for college relations, where he helped establish and implement institutional strategy for the college’s engagement in Memphis and beyond, and oversaw the college grants, foundations and government relations, alumni relations, communications, career services, and continuing education departments.

Russ taught eight years in the History department at Rhodes, specializing in African-American and community history. He has published a book entitled, The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African-Americans and Sports as well as articles and essays on African-American social and labor history. Russ has served on numerous civic boards, including the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Zoo, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Facing History and Ourselves, Ballet Memphis, ArtsMemphis, UrbanArt Commission, St. George’s Independent Schools, Promise Academy and KIPP Schools. Russ graduated from Rhodes College with a BA in History and earned a PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a son, Ryan, who is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond, and is married to Tomeka Hart Wigginton, Managing Director for Blue Meridian Partners.


Jul 09 2022


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Parkway