Recognizing Black Women in the Fight for Equality

Hewan Girma



Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Black women have been ardent but underrecognized advocates for civil rights and liberties. For example, while Black women were instrumental in organizing and sustaining the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-1960s, they did not occupy visible positions of leadership. Similarly, the contributions of Black women in the Suffrage and Women’s Rights movement has been relegated to the footnotes of history as less worthy subjects of study. Despite a system that systematically marginalizes them on account of both their race and gender, Black women continue to fight for a just and equal society through the current Black Lives Matter movement and #SayHerName campaign. Therefore, this talk highlights the important contributions of Black women such as Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ella Baker, Shirley Chisolm and the trio Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors & Opal Tometi. Their contributions will be contextualized within a theoretical understanding of intersectionality and the social constructions of race and gender.


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