Geographies of Pain and Pleasure: Black Women in Segregated New Orleans

Lecture Description

For black women living in New Orleans during Jim Crow segregation, the pain and trauma of living as a “colored” citizen took place on the geography of the modern city. Black women faced segregated street cars, street harassment from whites policing the streets, and police brutality. In this talk LaKisha Michelle Simmons explores how black women and girls danced and paraded on the streets during Mardi Gras as a way to turn a “white only” landscape into a place of pleasure and fun.


African American Women

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LaKisha Michelle Simmons

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