Black Women’s Activism in Early America

Lecture Description

Black women’s activism has always been centered in community and institution-building even in a nation that did not honor their humanity and labor. In this lecture, Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens moves from the colonial era to the nineteenth century with a focus on the activist legacy of Black women whose names are both known and unknown. She emphasizes how their social justice labor privileged freedom, democratic nation-making, and mutual aid continues to impact our country presently.


Revolutionary and Early National Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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