Cultural Capital: In the Parlour

March on Washington Film Festival

Enjoy an evening highlighting African American women in the suffrage movement.

This one-act play provides an intimate view into the racial tensions that surrounded the historic Women’s Suffrage March of 1913. Set the night before the event, African American activist Mary Church Terrell negotiates with white suffragette Alice Paul, who has organized the march and will not allow African American women to participate.

The play takes place in the parlour of the home of Edna Brown, a Howard University scholar and sorority sister of Delta Sigma Theta who is making walking skirts for the event. The famous educator Nellie Quander, leader of a rival sorority, has arranged the meeting between the two formidable opponents. As they battle, viewers witness history being made.


  • Gabrielle Camille Archer
  • Montana Lampert Hoover
  • Celestine Rae
  • Messeret Stroman Wheeler

Written by Judy Tate, directed by Dianne Kirksey Floyd, produced by The American Slavery Project.


Required. $10 general; $5 students.

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This Cultural Capital program partnership is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative in collaboration with the March on Washington Film Festival.

National Museum of Women in the Arts