Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7:00–8:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

Black Feminism Will Save Us All

The John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture presented by Premilla Nadasen, Ph.D.

Black Feminist organizing—from welfare rights activists to domestic workers, from the Combahee River Collective to the Movement for Black Lives—has offered an inspirational and Premilla Nadasenpowerful model of collective social transformation, one that can help us build a more just world in the 21st century.

Premilla Nadasen is a Professor of History at Barnard College and author of two award-winning books, Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States (Routledge 2005) and Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement (Beacon 2015). She is most interested in visions of social change and the ways in which poor and working-class women of color have fought for social justice. She has published extensively on the multiple meanings of feminism, alternative labor movements, and grass-roots community organizing. She is currently writing a biography of South African singer and anti-apartheid activist Miriam Makeba.

Nadasen has been engaged with community and campus activism for many years, bridging academic and activist work by making her scholarly work accessible to people outside of the university. She is collaborating with the Institute for Policy Studies and National Domestic Workers Alliance on the “We Dream in Black” project to mobilize Black domestic workers in the South and recently launched a curricular initiative with a low-income advocacy organization in Mississippi. She is president of the National Women’s Studies Association Conference and a 2018-2019 Fulbright Fellow at Oxford-Pembroke.

Sponsored by The John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture and the Center for African, Black and Caribbean Studies.

For more information, please contact:

Fabian Burrell
Coordinator for Programming and Community Engagement
African, Black and Caribbean Studies
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