Black Women in Motion: The Complexities of Travel and Migration in the 20th Century

Endorsed by the Women and Social Movements in the U.S., 1600–2000

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Biography/Memoir; Gender


This panel centers the global experiences of African American women and highlights the ways that travel and migration affected black women’s intellectual and cultural production in the first half of the twentieth century.  The women at the center of these papers range from scholar Merze Tate, performers Marian Anderson and Alberta Hunter, and journalist and socialite Gerri Major. Collectively, they used their travels abroad to help create a space for black women at home and in so doing contributed to notions of a black global citizenship at a time when their domestic citizenship rights were under attack.

Session Participants

Chair: Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University

Panelist: Tiffany Melissa Gill, University of Delaware

Panelist: Barbara D. Savage, University of Pennsylvania

Panelist: Ethelene Whitmire, University of Wisconsin–Madison