Traditionally scholarship on the Black Power era has characterized this time of renewed cultural and political nationalism and activism as an almost exclusively male domain.
This has begun to change. Not only have scholars uncovered a long tradition of black women’s activism before and during the Black Power era, but they have begun reevaluating the entire era as a result. Part and parcel with this period of activism has been the development of a Black feminist consciousness. If scholars have seen the seeds of this consciousness far earlier, the sixties and seventies were notable for organizing that recognized inextricable and complicated ties between categories of race, class, and gender.
This conference seeks to sustain and enhance new scholarship that redefines the era, bringing the work and effort of women to the center.
Panel Topics include:
Women’s local and national grassroots organizing
Women in the Black Arts Movement
Women and Nationalism
Women’s participation in Black Power organizations
Revolutionary Black Feminism
Coalition building amongst women of color
Legacies of Black feminist organizing: third wave and hip hop feminism
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