Our Secret Society: Black Women and Racial Justice Philanthropy

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Drawn from Ford’s manuscript-in-progress, this talk centers on the black women philanthropists who raised millions of dollars for various civil rights organizations in the years following World War II. As architects of modern fundraising, women such as Urban League Guild founder Mollie Moon were in the business of being seen, of being written about. There are literally thousands of stories published about them in the African American press between 1940 and 1980. Some even left behind personal papers for posterity. So why don’t we know many of their names? Why do we often dismiss Black women’s giving as something other than “philanthropy”? Ford will address these questions as she walks us through the sweeping archive she’s assembled to throw light upon a generation of politically mobilized Black women powerbrokers.


African American Women

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