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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Marcia Chatelain in Conversation w/ Noted Chef Carla Hall

Wednesday, October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


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Sponsored by National Capital Bank

Eminent historian Marcia Chatelain discusses her widely acclaimed book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America with beloved Chef/TV host Carla Hall as part of Hill Center’s ongoing Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Forum. This moderated in-depth conversation examines the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry as it relates to the history of American racism and the struggle for civil rights.

East City Bookshop will have books available for sale and signing — purchase your advance copy here!

The event will be in-person at Hill Center and streamed live on our Facebook page.

For in-person attendance, we require all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

About Dr. Chatelain: Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University has penned a stunning story of post 1960s urban Black America. Franchise is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in History, the 2022 James Beard Foundation Book Award, and was recognized as a New York Times Best Books of 2020 with the Times noting that Franchise is a “smart and capacious history…a serious work of history.”

Marcia Chatelain interests include women’s and girls’ history as well as black capitalism. In 2021, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Chatelain received the Hagley Prize in Business History, and the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Lawrence W. Levine Award for Franchise. An active public speaker and educational consultant, Chatelain has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. At Georgetown, she has won several teaching awards. In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in academia in recognition of her social media campaign #FergusonSyllabus, which implored educators to facilitate discussions about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. She has held an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellowship at New America, a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

About Chef Hall: Carla Hall first won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars” and shared her philosophy to always cook with love.  She is a trained chef who has worked in several professional restaurant kitchens in and around the Washington, D.C. area and believes food connects us all, a belief she strives to convey through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others.

Carla spent 7 years co-hosting ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew”, and is currently featured on the Food Network in shows such as “Thanksgiving, Holiday and Halloween Baking Championships” (judge),  and “Worst Cooks in America”.  Her latest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, was published in 2018, landing on annual “Best Cookbook” lists across the country and receiving an NAACP Image Awards nomination.

We look forward to welcoming this brilliant historian and renowned chef to Hill Center for what promises to be an enthralling conversation.

Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration 

Now in its 7th year, Hill Center’s Benjamin Drummond series honors America’s first liberated enslaved people with scholarly and celebratory programs that bring together a diverse group of prominent experts, artists, and public figures throughout the year to explore the Civil War and its aftermath from the African American perspective. Named for the Old Naval Hospital’s first patient, a young African American seaman taken prisoner by Confederated ships, Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration marks 160 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed The District of Columbia Emancipation Act, which freed DC’s over 3000 enslaved people nearly nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Benjamin Drummond Emancipation Day Celebration series is made possible by National Capital Bank, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Capitol Hill Community Foundation.





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Wednesday, October 12
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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