Presentations on Cultural & Historical Empowerment: An enslaved woman in the 19th Century is an inspiration to us in the 21st 

Schedule a presentation for your student, community, church, LGBTQ, senior or youth group.
The historical context of gendered violence in Margaret Garner’s story has motivated persons who have been devalued, excluded or abused on the basis of their gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, cultural background, ability or other characteristic. Garner’s story has served to promote empowerment in the following areas:

  • Success in overcoming domestic violence
  • Successful completion of college or pre-college academic programs by students of color who overcome years of tracking away from college level study
  • Knowledge of one’s family history & genealogy
Titles of Presentations on C/H Empowerment: 
The story of the central character, Margaret Garner, who killed her daughter to prevent her from being returned to slavery serves as the basis for these workshops (small group sessions) /presentation (large group sessions) centered on survival and self-discovery.These presentations incorporate interactive techniques such as rap music to bridge the divide between contemporary and previous generations.


  • Margaret Garner and the Legacy of Resistance & Empowerment: Focuses on the inspirational message in the historical context and provides an overview of the varied strategies women have used to oppose modern-day and historic slavery.
  • Empowerment, Resistance and the Legacy of Margaret Garner: Provides more contemporary visions of empowerment and asks participants to reflect on challenges/ barriers or inspirations/ supports in their own journeys toward achieving desired goals.
  • Journeys of Survival, Real and Imagined:  What the Legacy of Margaret Garner Teaches Us Today: (seminar group) Participants create stories around the images of women found in Gendered Resistance, Walters’s co-edited collection of essays about women of color who triumphed over economic oppression and sexual violence in such disparate locations as Yemen, Brazil, India, and the United States during the enslavement era.