Robyn C. Spencer-Antoine

Robyn C. Spencer-Antoine is Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Wayne State University. Her research centers on social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. She teaches survey and seminar courses on African American Heritage, Civil rights and Black Power and Black women’s history in the U. S. She is co-founder of the Intersectional Black Panther Party History Project and has written widely on gender and Black Power. Spencer is the author of The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland (2016). Her writings have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History and Souls as well as The Washington Post, Vibe Magazine, Colorlines, and Truthout. She has received awards for her work from the Mellon foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Association of Black Women Historians. In 2023-24 she was fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.
She is currently working on two biographies: "Yours for the Struggle: Patricia Robinson and the Archive of Black women’s radicalism" and a biography of Angela Davis. In 2020-2021, Spencer was in residence at the Institute of Advanced Study in the school of Social Science finishing her second book project on Black protest against the American war in Vietnam.

OAH Lectures by Robyn C. Spencer-Antoine

This lecture looks at the Black Freedom Movement after WWII to analyze the political and ideological roots of contemporary social movements against racism and state violence.

This lecture analyzes the political evolution of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California. The Panther's ideology, organizational architecture, gender dynamics, and international impact are closely examined.

This lecture analyzes the political crosscurrents between the New Left, the feminist movement, and the Black Freedom movement to excavate the pivotal role Black women played as thinkers and activists. The Black Panther Party, one of the most influential Black Power organizations, will be closely examined as a case study of the dialectic between gender and organizational development. The Black Panthers created community programs helmed by women, faced political repression, disseminated radical ideas and changed the political landscape of radicalism in the US.


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