Lydia Broadnax was once an enslaved cook for Thomas Jefferson’s teacher in Williamsburg and later a free woman running a boarding house in Richmond. Her story in some ways stands for that of African-American women throughout American history, who have demonstrated their strength while facing adversity. So, too, does that of the 102-year old Desiline Victor, who last year stood in line for hours to vote for president. What can (or should) be done to give everyone an equal opportunity to vote?
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This live performance explores the Declaration of Independence and the words "All men are created equal." Katrinah Lewis, Mary Carter, Chris Hull and "Let's Stay Together" actress Erica Hubbard relate the meaning of freedom to 18th-century African Americans.
Liberty for Lydia Q&A
WHRV radio host Barbara Hamm Lee leads this discussion about the issues surrounding enslavement, ownership, empowerment and diversity. BET actress Erica Hubbard joins Colonial Williamsburg historians and experts for this candid round-table with the cast of "Liberty for Lydia," filmed March 9th, 2013.