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Art and Activism at Tougaloo College: A Story of Integration and Solidarity

Wednesday, December 13
6:30-7:30 PM Program
7:30-8:30 PM Reception

SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd Street
Also live via Zoom webinar

This program is free and open to the public with registration.


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As the AFA exhibition Art and Activism at Tougaloo College concludes its four-venue tour, join us for a unique program exploring the rich history of solidarity and integration at Tougaloo College, and the diverse group of people who came together to form a collection of modern art. The conversation will also feature a special first-hand account from alumnus and collector, Dr. Doris Browne.

“The emancipation of the soul involves surrender – the surrender of a lower to a higher self, the surrender of legend to fact, the surrender of narrow to wide horizons, the surrender of exclusive to inclusive fellowships.”
– Fred L. Brownlee, general corresponding secretary of the American Missionary Association, 1946, New York City.

In the spring of 1963, The New York Art Committee for Tougaloo College established Mississippi’s first collection of modern art.  Tougaloo College was established in 1869 by the American Missionary Association of New York, a nineteenth century integrated abolitionist society, with a mission to eradicate slavery and systems of caste. Amidst civil rights protests in a fiercely segregated state, the New York Art Committee, led by famed art writer and critic Dore Ashton, transformed Tougaloo College into a hub of European and New York School modernism and, as envisioned by the collection’s founders, “an interracial oasis in which the fine arts are the focus and magnet.”


Turry M. Flucker | Vice President of Collections and Partnerships, Terra Foundation for American Art, former Director and Curator of the Tougaloo College Art Collections

Dr. Doris Browne | President and CEO, Browne and Associates, LLC; Tougaloo alumnus


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Photographer: Mark Geil

Turry M. Flucker serves as the Vice President of Collections and Partnerships for the Terra Foundation for American Art where he oversees the foundation’s American art collection as well as fosters collaborative partnerships throughout the field. Prior to joining Terra, Flucker was director and curator of Tougaloo College Art Collections. While at Tougaloo, he curated and authored the traveling exhibition and catalogue Art and Activism at Tougaloo College, co-organized by the American Federation of Arts, and organized the teaching exhibition FREEDOM: Abstract Expressionism, Tougaloo College and the Civil Rights Movement. He also serves on a range of boards and committees, including the Brooklyn Museum’s American Galleries Reinstallation Advisory Committee; the Louisiana National Register Committee; the Mississippi Nurses Foundation; the Alexander Pierre (A.P.) Tureaud Sr. Legacy Committee; and the Louisiana Civil Rights Museum Advisory Board. Flucker earned a BA in History with an emphasis in African American Studies from Tougaloo College and an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.


Dr. Doris Browne is President/CEO, Browne and Associates, LLC, a health consulting company that addresses national and global health inequities, a medical oncologist, and the 118th President of the National Medical Association. As President of the NMA, she focused on a Collaborative Approach to Health Equity entitled “The Urgency of Now: Creating a Culture for Health Equity. She achieved national and international recognition as an expert educator and speaker and has been either featured or quoted in many news articles, Podcasts, and Op-Eds in addition to publishing scientific articles, book chapter and textbook. Her public health background includes health education programs on women’s health, cancer, climate health and environmental justice, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, and radiation casualties, including participating in an international disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance program for 17 West African Nations. She is a retired Colonel from the U. S. Army, Medical Corps and retired from National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute where she managed the breast cancer portfolio. Dr. Browne is a graduate of Tougaloo College (BS), UCLA (MPH), and Georgetown University (M.D.) and completed an internship, residency, and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Hematology-Oncology. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, Trinity Episcopal Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is the recipient of plentiful awards including the NIH Merit Award and Top Blacks in Healthcare Award.


AFA Public programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. These programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. We are also grateful for the support of the American Chai Trust.


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