CFP: [African-American] African American Women Activists 1890-1940 (5/28/08; SAMLA 11/7-11/9/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Julie Cary Nerad

Between 1890 and 1940, Jim Crow segregation entrenched itself across the
American South, while racism grew in the North, fueling race riots and
racial discrimination in all areas of life. However, these decades also saw
the creation of the NAACP, the success of the Harlem Renaissance, and the
birth of those who would become the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in
the 1960s. Throughout these turbulent decades, Black women were advocating
for Black rights, and especially for women’s rights, and were fighting
against lynching, social and economic discrimination, segregation, and
unequal opportunities for education. Much attention has been rightly paid
to African American men activists of these decades. This panel, however,
seeks to turn our critical attention to the women who fought in those
decades not only against the racism of the day, but also against the
limitations of a patriarchal culture. Thus, this panel seeks papers that
bring further critical attention to African American women activists from
1890 â€" 1940, women such as Mary McLeod Bethune, Carrie Williams Clifford,
Lucy Parsons, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, or others. Papers
that focus on these activists’ written work as literature (rather than
solely as evidence of their political and/or social activism) are
especially welcome. Papers should be approximately 18 minutes long.

Please send one page abstracts to Dr. Julie Cary Nerad, Morgan State
University, at by May 28, 2008. Please
include the abstract in the email text, not as an attachment. Also include
your name, academic affiliation, and contact information. All participants
must be members of SAMLA by August 15.

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