CrossTalk DC: Partners

Folger Shakespeare Library is proud of past and ongoing partnerships with the following organizations on CrossTalk DC:

Allen Chapel AME Church

Allen Chapel, the Cathedral of Southeast, Washington, DC, is a community of faith, empowered by the Holy Spirit to give excellent witness of the transforming power of God in Jesus Christ for our families, our communities and our world.

Pat Bradford, parishioner

Anacostia Community Museum

Established in 1967 as the nation’s first federally funded neighborhood museum, the Anacostia Community Museum focuses on examining the impact of social
issues on contemporary communities.

Paul Perry, Director of Education & Outreach and Linda Maxwell, Education Program Coordinator

DC Public Schools

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) works to ensure that every DC student receives a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. With 113 schools, nearly 49,000 students, more than 4,000 teachers, and 109 principals, DCPS is the fastest-improving urban school district in the nation.

Kaya Henderson, Chancellor, and Josephine Bias Robinson, Chief of Family and Public Engagement

Metropolitan AME Church

Founded in 1838, Metropolitan AME Church was formed by two existing churches: Israel Bethel A.M.E., founded in 1821 and Union Bethel A.M.E., founded in 1838. The parent A.M.E. Church movement grew out of an anti-segregation protest in Philadelphia in 1787. Similarly, both Israel Bethel and Union Bethel began as a result of dissatisfaction among African Americans over racial segregation here in Washington at Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church.

Pastor William H. Lamar IV and Anita Wood, parishioner

Trinity Washington University

Trinity Washington University was founded as Trinity College, a college for women, in 1897 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Today, Trinity continues its women’s college through the College of Arts and Sciences, while providing undergraduate and graduate degrees to women and men in four additional schools: School of Business and Graduate Studies, School of Education, School of Professional Studies, and School of Nursing and Health Professions. Trinity became a university in 2004, and today enrolls more than 2,200 students.

President Patricia McGuire and Associate Dean Peggy Lewis

DC Public Library

The District of Columbia Public Library is a vibrant center of activity for residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. The library provides environments that invite reading, learning and community discussion and equips people to learn all their lives, to embrace diversity and to build a thriving city. We are proud to be a recognized force in the community for engaging the mind, expanding opportunities and elevating the quality of life.

Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, and Kerrie Cotton Williams, Special Collections Manager

The Jewish Historical Society

The Jewish Historical Society explores the unique Jewish heritage of Washington as a hometown and as the nation’s capital. They are the region’s foremost destination and source for American Jewish history, engaging and inspiring adults and children through exhibitions, landmark historic synagogue, public programs, and educational initiatives.

Laura Apelbaum, Executive Director and Samantha Abramson, Program & Outreach Manager

National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. CrossTalk is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is one part of a nation-wide NEH initiative, Humanities in the Public Square, aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue in communities about the most pressing issues of the day. CrossTalk is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is one part of a nation-wide NEH initiative, Humanities in the Public Square, aimed at fostering meaningful dialogue in communities about the most pressing issues of the day.

William D. Adams Chairman and Karen Kenton, program officer