Monday, March 18, 2024

T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center Fundraiser Honors Author of 2024 NAACP Image Award


Author Tanisha Ford, Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement
WHEN: March 22, at 7 pm
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: $100. With a signed copy of the award-winning book $150.
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Tanisha Ford, author of “Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement,” is a 2024 NAACP Image Award winner. Her book, Our Secret Society, Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement, brings her as the guest speaker for the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center fundraiser. 

The event salutes the traveling fashion show known as “Ebony Fashion Fair,” lauded by the Black community, founded by Eunice Johnson, and produced by Johnson Publishing Company, about whom Ford writes extensively in her award-winning book. Today’s term used to describe her would be influencer. Ford was named to Root Magazine list of the 100 Most Influential African Americans, in 2019. 

The CUNY history professor and contributing writer for the New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, heads up a stellar line-up of events for Women’s History Month, presented by the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center. The salute to Ebony Magazine is a Fashion Retrospective in conjunction with Two River Theater’s Costume Department, to benefit the Art of Social Justice, a professional development program for teachers. 

Saturday, March 23 – 3:00-5:00 pm. Doors open at 2 pm. Seating limited for the 3 pm presentation. First come. First served.
Donation for exhibit and talk is $20. 

Caroline Hunter Williams is the guest speaker for the opening of the new exhibit Shaping Black identity & Black Influence on Mass Media. Williams is a founding member of the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement, and an important catalyst for world change. It was her voice and action, along with the movement that led to the toppling of apartheid in South Africa. This is a story you DO NOT want to miss, and the bonus part, Williams is alive to tell it. You must register with

Saturday, March 30 - 3-5 pm
Suggested donation $20.
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Join Dr. Carla Peterson, a professor at the University of Maryland, whose book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth Century New York City, was the inspiration behind the African American Scott Family, in the popular HBO/MAX series, The Gilded Age. The show also includes the character of T. Thomas Fortune. Dr. Peterson's, grandfather, Jerome Peterson, was T. Thomas Fortune’s partner in the New York Age newspaper. It is an honor to have Dr. Peterson come and share this history with us. We hope you will join us for an engaging conversation with Dr. Carla Peterson and the Cultural Center’s Executive Director, Gilda Rogers.  Dr. Peterson’s book will be on sale in the Cultural Center’s gift shop.