Abraham Lincoln, wearing his signature beard and dressed in a suit, is seated for a formal portrait. He looks off to his left. He is photographed from the legs up.
Photo courtesy of the Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site.

Lincoln: A Providential President

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Join the Institute of Policy Politics and History’s Founding Director, Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, and MSNBC Co-Host, The Weekend and IPPH Board Co-Chair Michael Steele for a panel discussion accompanied by a dramatic reflection of some of President Lincoln’s famous words.

This program is a part of the Defining Fathers Legacy Series, which provides a compelling mix of vodcasts, in-person, and livestreamed programs. The programming offered reveals the depth of the lives, motivations and contradictions of President Abraham Lincoln, President Ulysses S. Grant and freedom advocate Frederick Douglass. These leaders played pivotal roles in transforming the Nation’s capital into a meaningful metropolis due to their collective effort to preserve the United States, abolish slavery and reconstruct a bitterly divided, now emancipated America.

About the Institute for Policy Politics and History

The Institute for Policy Politics and History (IPPH) chronicles the epochal evolution of the nation’s capital as it rediscovers Washington, D.C.’s history and the touchstone issues that impacted it. The Institute celebrates all of its history, a history rich with contradictions. The venue along the banks of the Potomac was chosen because of its significant slave trading presence. Yet, the city’s architectural character emerges as a magnificent design inspired by the “all men are created equal” Declaration of Independence. By offering fulsome reflections regarding personalities pivotal to the narrative of the nation’s capital and pivotal to the narrative of the nation, IPPH believes we are enriched as we continue our journey to attaining “that perfect union.”

Sponsored in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Michael Steele

Hon. Sharon Pratt