Book Talk: “Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era” by Ashley D. Farmer (9/13)

On Thursday, September 13th, Dr. Ashley D. Farmer, Assistant Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss her new book Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

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The book talk and discussion will take place from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Garrison Hall 4.100. Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to reserve your seat and receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed. This discussion is part of the Institute for Historical Studies’ History Faculty New Book Talk Series.

Below is a synopsis of Remaking Black Power from the IHS event page. We look forward to seeing you at the discussion!

“In this comprehensive history, Ashley D. Farmer examines black women’s political, social, and cultural engagement with Black Power ideals and organizations. Complicating the assumption that sexism relegated black women to the margins of the movement, Farmer demonstrates how female activists fought for more inclusive understandings of Black Power and social justice by developing new ideas about black womanhood. This compelling book shows how the new tropes of womanhood that they created–the ‘Militant Black Domestic,’ the ‘Revolutionary Black Woman,’ and the ‘Third World Woman,’ for instance–spurred debate among activists over the importance of women and gender to Black Power organizing, causing many of the era’s organizations and leaders to critique patriarchy and support gender equality. Making use of a vast and untapped array of black women’s artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, Farmer reveals how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, and identity in American life.”

 

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