January - MLK Celebration
January 26, 3 pm
Cedar Hill Government Center
285 Uptown Blvd.
Join us for a FREE community event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy special guests and performances followed by a peace march.
Dreams of Freedom: From Harriet Tubman to Dr. King
featuring keynote guest speaker Ernestine "Tina" Martin Wyatt
Great, great, great grandniece of Harriet Tubman.
|Like her ancestor she fought for change through activism and sought to meet the needs of others. In high school she fought successfully to have African American history and literature included in her public high school’s curriculum.|
Just as her Aunt Harriet before her, Tina had a long career in nursing as a registered nurse. Tina also taught art to children in Pre K–6th grades for the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) system, where she was instrumental in implementing an object based learning curriculum in partnership with the Smithsonian Department of Education. This was designed to broaden a child’s lifestyle of learning, thereby achieving a higher level of critical thinking shills while making real life connections.
Tina received her Bachelors of Art in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Maryland. In addition, Tina earned her Masters of Art degree in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. One of Tina’s most recent accomplishments is the addition of her artwork to the permanent collection of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
Tina seeks to promote the legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman. One of the ways is as co-founder of Harriet Tubman Day Washington District of Columbia and through the “Celebrate to Educate” ceremony she works to inspire and bring accurate awareness of Harriet Tubman’s life, her participation in the Civil War and her life in the Nation’s Capitol. In addition, Tina is working on partnering with the “Harriet Was Here” project of the “John Brown Lives” organization, which will bring understanding of Harriet’s time in the Nation’s backyard to a school in DCPS. Tina resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and family.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Zula B. Wylie Library, Kids at Heart Pediatric Dentistry and Frost Bank.