2008-2009 Hull Lecturer: The Radical Legacy of Civil Rights and Feminist Movements for Contemporary Progressive Politics
Wednesday February 25, 4 p.m. SRB Multipurpose Room
The 2008 Presidental Election was historic in many respects, signalling the first woman since Shirley Chisholm to make a serious bid for the presidential and vice presidental nominations of both major parties. Two women headed up the third party Green ticket and the final outcome was the election of the nation's first African American president. What does all this mean in terms of how we see the history and evolution of Civil Rights and Feminist Politics in the United States? Have 'we' arrived as a nation in terms of race and gender equity? Barbara Ransby, activist, historian, and author oa an award winning biography of civil rights organizer Ella Baker will address this, and related questions. Barbara Ransby is Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies, African American Studies, and History
Director, Gender and Women's Studies Program, University of Illinois, Chicago.