Date(s) - February 14, 2024
Ilyon Woo will discuss her recent book, Master, Slave, Husband, Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom, which recounts the story of William and Ellen Craft, the most famous couple to flee enslavement in the south.
They did so by “hiding in plain sight;” Ellen, who was light skinned, posed as a slave owner traveling northward with her personal servant, William. They made it to freedom by boat and railroad car. The couple wanted to legalize their marriage – which was denied to them in slavery – and raise a family in freedom.
Come and be inspired by this story of the quest for love and freedom during Love Stories from the Underground Railroad, which celebrates Black History Month and Valentine’s Day. This is the 11th consecutive year for Love Stories.
An alumni reception will precede the event in the Student Union Ballroom lobby at 5:30 p.m., and a book signing will follow Woo’s talk.
This event is co-sponsored by Alumni Relations, the College of Liberal Arts & Education, African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Black Abolitionist Archive and Student Life.