Lecture Description

Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, the two most famous formerly enslaved women in the nineteenth-century United States, linked old-age justice to racial justice. In their speeches, activism, and published narratives, Truth and Tubman revealed the mechanisms of domination through which enslavers and employers of domestic servants extracted productive and reproductive labor from black women who in turn faced premature debility and immiseration at the end of life. Truth and Tubman both developed novel arguments for racial reparations as a form of old-age justice. As the COVID virus has intensified existing health disparities in the United States at the intersection of old age, racial inequality, and the organization of carework, this lecture invites people to consider an important but largely overlooked dimension of Black feminist theory and activism centered on the needs and possibilities of old Black women.

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African American Old Age

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