Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7:00–8:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

Ida B. Wells and the Beginning of the Modern Black Justice Movements

James Baldwin Distinguished Lecture presented by Paula Giddings, Ph.D.

When Ida B. Wells launched her anti-lynching movement from Memphis, Tennessee, in 1892, she began the nation’s first campaign against lynching. Determined to deconstruct the logic of violence against Black men and women, Wells’s discursive and activist journey created the foundation of the modern civil rights and contemporary Black movements for social justice.

Paula J. Giddings, is the author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact on Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; Burning All Illusions, (editor) an anthology of articles on race published by the Nation magazine from 1867 to 2000; and Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.

Ida, A Sword Among Lions received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. Ida also received the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights; and was deemed one of the best books of 2008 by the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. Ida also earned the first inaugural John Hope Franklin Research Center Book Award presented by the Duke University Libraries.

Sponsored by the James Baldwin Distinguished Lecture and the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies

Ms. Giddings is a former book editor and journalist who has written extensively on international and national issues and has been published byPaula J. Giddings the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeune Afrique (Paris), and The Nation among other publications. From 1975 to 1977, she was the Paris Bureau Chief for Encore American & Worldwide News.

Giddings has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation; the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (unfulfilled). She has also been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Wesleyan University and Bennett College and was named a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. She is on the board of Nation Institute and the Authors League Fund and is a member of PEN.

Ms. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor, Africana Studies (Emerita) at Smith College and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017.

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