The Ford’s Theatre Society presents a discussion with Howard University’s Dr. Edna Medford at the Center for Education and Leadership, 514 Tenth Street NW, Washington, D.C., 5 p.m., May 7.

The discussion focuses on the African-American experience during the American Revolution, including the role of Black soldiers in both the British and Continental armies and the promises of emancipation made by both sides. Tickets to the discussion are $25 ($20 for Ford’s Theatre Members) and include sandwiches and drinks. Space is limited. Performance tickets to 1776 are not included. Tickets for the May 7th discussion and performances of 1776 are available for purchase at or through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 (Ticketmaster fees apply).

Dr. Edna Medford

Dr. Medford is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at Howard University. Specializing in 19th-century African-American history, she also teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial America, the Jacksonian Era and Comparative Slavery.