An Interview with Frances M. Beal: The Making of a Black Radical Feminist

Solicited by the OAH Committee on the Status of Women in the Historical Profession Endorsed by OHA

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Gender; Women's History

Abstract

Francs M. Beal is a noted journalist, theoretician, and feminist. She is a founding member of the SNCC’s Black Women's Liberation Committee and the Third World Women’s Alliance. But it was in Paris, France (1960-1966) that she became an activist in the Black radical tradition and a new mother, which inspired her intersectional feminist consciousness. We seldom contemplate how motherhood shapes the making of a Black radical. This is one among many themes that historian Ula Taylor will explore in this oral history conversation with Beal about her life and work.

Session Participants

Panelist: Frances M. Beal

Commentator: Ula Yvette Taylor, University of California Berkeley