Francoise Hamlin, Brown University | Newberry

Francoise Hamlin, Brown University

Friday, September 19, 2014

3-5 pm


Center for American History and Culture Programs
Gender and Sexuality Seminar

“Oral History As Feminist History: Charting the Civil Rights Career of Vera Pigee”
a talk by Francoise Hamlin, Brown University

How is it possible, in the face of incredible odds, that local black people, particularly women and young people, found and created tools and strategies to protest and be heard during an era where they had no formal political voice? The activist career of Mrs. Vera Pigee in Clarksdale, Mississippi, offers one way in which women used the most unlikely tools to achieve extraordinary things in the face of severe repression and violence. Engaging with the term, “activist mothering,” her example demonstrates the resourcefulness of women and expands definitions (while expelling stereotypes) of activism, mothering, and community organizing.

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