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  • BU Research: Female Activists Behind the Black Power Movement

    Ashley Farmer was exasperated. She was tired of reading historical accounts of the postwar black freedom struggle in America that cast black female activists only as helpmates to male leaders. Just as men had overshadowed women at the time, so had the popular narrative of the era erased the contributions untold numbers of women made as strategists and theorists, thinkers and doers. Steeping herself in the work of scholars who were reexamining the postwar black freedom struggle and beginning to bring women out of the shadows, Farmer was intrigued to find, in a biography of the black nationalist leader Robert F. [ More ]

  • Reliving a Pivotal Decade in Women’s Liberation

    BU Revolutionary Moment conference probes movement’s start BU Today By Susan Seligson 3-27-2014 Deborah Belle suspected that the time was right to take a scholarly look at the US women’s liberation movement from the 1960s to the 1970s and weigh the legacy of those times, but last year when she began organizing a BU conference on those pivotal years, the passionate response to the idea floored her. “We touched a nerve,” says Belle, a College of Arts and Sciences psychology professor, who will be joined at the conference A Revolutionary Moment: Women’s Liberation in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s today through Saturday, March... [ More ]

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