The Lincoln Legacy Project
With malice toward none, with charity for all
The Lincoln Legacy Project
From Intolerance toward Equality
In fall of 2011, Ford’s Theatre launched the Lincoln Legacy Project, a multi-year effort to create dialogue in our nation’s capital around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. Through a series of cornerstone theatre productions, educational programs and special events, Ford’s took a closer look at racial and religious intolerance, social injustice and civil rights in American history and contemporary society. Through a diversity of programming, the Lincoln Legacy Project was designed to encourage people of differing viewpoints to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue about tolerance and understanding.
Partners and Supporters
Partners have included the Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Trevor Project, Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders, Facing History and Ourselves, Not in Our Town, Split This Rock, Teaching for Change, the Anti-Defamation League, Southern Poverty Law Center, the DC Center, the Human Rights Campaign, Tectonic Theater Project, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, PFLAG - Metro D.C. Chapter, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., the DCJCC, Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, the Montford Point Marine Association, the NAACP, Operation Understanding D.C., Theater J and the Veterans History Project.
The Lincoln Legacy Project was made possible with support from: Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., Founding Sponsor; The Pew Charitable Trusts; and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, Harold Holzer, Chairman. Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
“If there is one aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy that has particular resonance today as a lasting example of the enduring light he shed on American ideals, it lies in his qualities of tolerance and understanding. Lincoln carved an entire administration out of differing and even opposing viewpoints, leading an agenda that called for reconciliation towards those who fought body and soul to destroy the Union he represented. Issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance are as much an issue today as they were in Lincoln’s time, and we hope that by creating a safe space to dialogue about these issues that we can better understand each other and our shared world.” –Paul R. Tetreault, director, Ford’s Theatre
Photo of Lincoln courtesy of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site.