Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 to October 15th to honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. Rohrbach Library has e-books, articles, video series, and films to help you celebrate!

From Inclusion to Influence: Latino Representation in Congress and Latino Political Incorporation in America (E-Book)

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America (E-Book)

Notable Latino Writers (E-Book) – “Biographical essays on 120 authors who are US residents of Latin descent or Latin American authors.”

Hispanic Heritage Month (Article) – “Discover how Hispanic astronauts continue the tradition of space exploration and study.”

Dolores Huerta, the United Farm Workers, and people power: Rhetorical participation in Latina/o/x suffrage and social movements (Article) – “Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, was and still is involved in a number of social justice causes, including voter participation. Since her days working at the Community Service Organization in the 1950s, she has long advocated for registering and organizing voters as part of a broader strategy to enfranchise Mexican, Mexican American, and other historically marginalized groups. This essay explores a few brief examples of her calls to get out the vote and participate in social movements more broadly to address the deep-seated problems of “citizenship excess” that face Mexican, Mexican American, and other immigrant communities (as well as many others) in the United States. In addition, Huerta has strongly advocated for “people power” as a way to get marginalized people into activism, especially those with intersectional identities related to race, ethnicity, gender, class standing, sexuality, and political orientations.”

Ana Mendieta: Art, Artist and Literary Afterlives (Article) – “Ana Mendieta was one of the most prolific and certainly the most prominent Cuban-American woman artist of the twentieth century. Mendieta’s influence on successive generations of artists is undeniable and a growing bibliography on her recognises both her relevance in Cuban and North American feminist art history. However, there is almost nothing written about how she has been represented in literature and how these literary reconstructions address some of the many unanswered questions which remain concerning the artist, her art, her relationship with Cuba, her personal life and her tragic death. This essay begins to address this gap through its discussion of texts by Cuban, Cuban-American and Canadian women writers.”

Eliding trans Latino/a queer experience in U.S. LGBT history: José Sarria and Sylvia Rivera reexamined (Article) – “This essay examines the place of trans Latino/a queer pioneers José Sarria and Sylvia Rivera in U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender historiography over the past two decades, specifically how their Latino/a identities have been conveyed and elided in professional and popular historical texts, in documentary films, in cinematic fictions, and on newly-erected street signs. It further explores how such scholarly developments as transgender history, new accounts of queer Latino/a San Francisco and New York, and diaspora studies, particularly with regard to Rivera’s Puerto Rican heritage in the context of 1960s New York City, have provided new vantage points from which to assess their significance to the always tentative project of queer history.”

Latino Americans: the 500-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation (Film) – “Survey the history and people from 1565-1880, as the first Spanish explorers enter North America, the U.S. expands into territories in the Southwest that had been home to Native Americans and English and Spanish colonies, and as the Mexican-American War strips Mexico of half its territories by 1848.”

The Latino List. Volume 1 (Film) – “HBO presents a unique glimpse into the vibrant and burgeoning culture of Hispanic America through a series of highly personal video portraits of Latinos who have richly contributed to the fabric of contemporary society. Funny, poignant and irreverent, The Latino List illuminates the Latino experience today, at a time when the Latino population in the US is booming. The Latino List: Volume 1 spotlights a diverse range of notables from music, science, journalism, theater, politics, business, and government. In intimate interviews with NPR correspondent Maria Hinojosa, these prominent Hispanic Americans discuss such subjects as the childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, how they achieved success, the evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, the importance of preserving a distinct cultural identity for future generations to embrace, and the challenges of discrimination. The subjects share stories of growing up Latino in America, how their backgrounds shaped their philosophies and their feelings on a society where new opportunities abound, but challenges still exist. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, including Cuban, Colombian, Honduran, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and more, each interviewee has a unique perspective on his or her American success story.”

The Latino List. Volume 2 (Film) – “The Latino List: Volume 2 features interviews with an extraordinary cross-section of Hispanic Americans who represent a variety of professions, disciplines, and backgrounds, each speaking to the unique struggles and triumphs he or she has faced. The film consists of intimate first-person vignettes, with each subject speaking simply and directly into the camera about a number of topics–from the hot-button issue of immigration to childhood inspirations that fueled their ambitions, to the evolving American cultural landscape they helped mold, to the importance of preserving a distinct cultural identity for future generations. Volume 2 features activist Dolores Huerta, journalist Soledad O’Brian, NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, model and humanitarian Christy Turlington, actors George Lopez and Judy Reyese, former Telemundo president of entertainment Nely Galan, Univision network president Cesar Conde, and political figures like Raul Yzaguirre, the US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. From sharing stories from their childhoods to talking about life-changing moments in their professional and personal lives, each of these individuals shares what it means to be Latino in America.”

Rohrbach Library’s 2021 Open House

Rohrbach Library’s annual open house is back! The event will be happening 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21st. Join us for a scavenger hunt that will take you on a journey through our building, resources, services, and more. Those who successfully complete the scavenger hunt form will be entered into a prize drawing. This year’s grand prize is Beats wireless earbuds. There will also be gift cards for the campus store available as prizes. If you cannot make it to the event, we will leave extra copies of our scavenger hunt form on a table in the lobby so that everyone can participate. The scavenger hunt sheet will be due by Sunday, September 26th to be entered to win. You can turn in your form at the Information Desk. See you there!

More information can be found on Rohrbach Library’s website: https://library.kutztown.edu/openhouse.

Wicked Problems – Rohrbach Library Research Commons

Starting in the Fall of 2020, students in CMP 200 with Professor Andrew Vogel began studying and writing about wicked problems, not just issues, but the kinds of problems that demand deep, intersectional, interdisciplinary research and creative-critical thinking to begin to understand, much less address. Our research and writing are meant to reach beyond the classroom and engage with the world in real ways. Visit Rohrbach’s research commons to read their work! https://research.library.kutztown.edu/wickedproblems/

New Database – OverDrive

Rohrbach Library now offers access to OverDrive! OverDrive provides a collection of popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and audiobook titles. It is compatible with Kindle, iPad, and a variety of mobile and non-mobile devices. Libby, the OverDrive mobile app, offers an intuitive interface for reading eBooks or listening to audiobooks. You can even recommend titles to our librarians!

Access here: https://rohrbachlibrary.overdrive.com/.

To learn more, visit the library’s help page: https://library.kutztown.edu/ebooks/overdrive.  

The Clothesline Project

“The Clothesline Project is a visual display of violence statistics that often go ignored. Each shirt is made by a survivor of violence or by someone who has lost a loved one to violence. The color of each shirt represents a different type of violence.” Find out more at http://clotheslineproject.info/index.html or from the resources below. Rohrbach Library’s display is located on the first floor, by the main entrance.

First National Clothesline Project Display

Body Politics with Feeling: The Power of the Clothesline Project – “The Clothesline Project uses t-shirt art to address the issue of violence against women. Others have argued that the Clothesline Project empowers women in general and female victims of violence in particular. In this article we attempt to deepen this argument, first, by tying it to the existing “faces of power” literature. Using this literature, we argue that the Clothesline Project empowers by creating a public space for political action, offering an alternative communicative medium, educating in a context of dismissal and silence, and contributing to social and cultural transformation. Second, we develop the notion of effective power and argue that it amplifies the practical power of the Clothesline Project”

The Clothesline Project: Women’s Stories of Gender-Related Violence – “The Clothesline Project (CP) was established in the promenade of the Empire State Building’s Grand Concourse line in Albany, NY. The CP sells t-shirts that contains the printed statements of women and children who suffered from traumatic experiences. Victims of gender-related violence such as rape, incest, wife battering, emotional abuse and sexual harassment are recounted in vivid statements that are printed on the t-shirts. The project was formed to enhance public awareness about gender-related injustices.”

A Few Lines on the Clothesline Project

“I am the Woman Next Door”: The Clothesline Project as Woman Abuse Survivors’ Societal Critique – “The Clothesline Project, an international grassroots public art project, offers survivors of woman abuse the opportunity to tell their stories through t-shirt art. Although the project hopes to “break the silence” surrounding gendered violence, survivors’ art testifies to more than the existence of gendered violence. A feminist standpoint analysis of survivors’ art may reveal critical and previously unseen insights into the prevalence and severity of gendered violence. This study examines the standpoints of woman abuse survivors by rhetorically analyzing words and images in Clothesline Project art. A collective critique of society’s role in woman abuse emerges. Results reveal survivors’ knowledge of the erroneous discourses surrounding woman abuse and their desire to critique and transform the cultural dynamics that create and sustain woman abuse.”

Challenging Global Gender Violence – “Violence against women and children is a global human rights and public health issue. Gender violence – including rape, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, mutilation, sexual trafficking, dowry death, honor killings, incest, breast ironing is part of a global pattern of violence against women, a pattern supported by educational, economic, and employment discrimination. Intimate partner, family, and sexual violence is a major cause of death and disability for women aged 16-44 years of age worldwide. The most common rationale given for the denial of human rights to women is the preservation of family and culture. While gender violence is a significant cause of female morbidity and mortality, and has long been recognized as a human rights issue that has serious implications for public health and an obstacle for economic development, it persists. Drawing upon cross-national survey data and interviews with women participating in the Global Clothesline Project, this paper discusses the prevalence and patterns of gender violence across the developing and developed world, highlighting the voices of victim-survivors and the strategies that are empowering women and challenging gender violence in Cameroon, the Netherlands, and the United States.”

Clothing their Resistance in Hegemonic Dress: The Clothesline Project’s Response to Violence Against Women – “Through a case study of The Clothesline Project, the author demonstrates how shirts are strategically deployed to resist gender domination, particularly gendered violence, by articulating an alternative political discourse that refutes official and popular notions about violence against women and female subordination.”

Domestic Violence and Sexuality: What’s Love Got To Do With It? – The first detailed discussion of domestic violence and abuse in same sex relationships, challenging the heteronormative model in domestic violence research, policy and practice.

Women in History

Counting on Katherine – “You’ve likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 [mission]. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home? As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. From Katherine’s early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.”

My Own Words – “My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the work ways of the Supreme Court, on being Jewish, on law and lawyers in opera, and on the value of looking beyond United States shores when interpreting the U.S. Constitution. Throughout her life, Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book contains a sampling, selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written the introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women.”

Prove It on Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s – “In the wake of the Great Migration of thousands of African Americans from the scattered hamlets and farms of the rural South to the nation’s burgeoning cities, a New Negro ethos of modernist cultural expression and potent self-determination arose to challenge white supremacy and create opportunities for racial advancement. In Prove it on Me, Erin D. Chapman explores the gender and sexual politics of this modern racial ethos and reveals the constraining and exploitative underside of the New Negro era’s vaunted liberation and opportunities. Chapman’s cultural history documents the effects on black. ProQuest (Firm) This title explores the sexual politics of the modern racial ethos and reveals the exploitative underside of the ‘New Negro’ era. Analyzing intersecting primitivism, consumerism, and New Negro patriarchal aspirations, this history investigates the uses made of black women in 1920s racial politics and popular culture.”

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes her Mark – “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s right for people everywhere. This biographical picture book about the Notorious RBG tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements”

Dissenter on the Bench: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work – “The life and career of the fiercely principled Supreme Court Justice, now a popular icon, with dramatic accounts of her landmark cases that moved the needle on legal protection of human rights, illustrated with b/w archival photographs”

Who is Gloria Steinem? – “Presents the life of the prominent feminist, highlighting her career and influence as a writer, political activist, and co-founder of “Ms.” magazine.”

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina – “Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland. Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and want to break stereotypes in whatever they do.”

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance like the Firebrid – “American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author’s note about dancers who led her to find her voice.”

Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote  – “Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood up and fought for what she believed in. From an early age, she knew that women were not given rights equal to men. But rather than accept her lesser status, Elizabeth went to college and later gathered other like-minded women to challenge the right to vote. This inspiring story is about an extraordinary woman who changed America forever because she wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

Black History Month Display

Rohrbach Library has several displays this semester featuring black history. Check out this one featuring books in our library!

African American Children: Socialization and Development in Families – “African American Children is a comprehensive exploration of historical and contemporary patterns of parenting in black families. Historically, it focuses on how slavery, race, the racial caste system, and the African American culture influenced the ways in which African Americans parented their children. This series of social forces seriously circumscribed the ability of African Americans to conform to the ideologies about the nature of children and the roles of parents that began to evolve in the earth 20th century. In the context of growing diversity, Shirley A. Hill examines the work that African American parents do in raising their children and explores general child socialization patterns, as well as parenting issues and challenges. Providing an analysis of the views, philosophies, and parenting strategies of parent from a variety of social class backgrounds. African American Children combines both qualitative and quantitative data collected to examine a broad overview of current theoretical debates about African American families as they relate to child socialization.” 

Thurgood Marshall: A Twentieth Century Life – “Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it’s his life leading up to that point–from school troublemaker to passionate lawyer–that makes him both accessibly real and a role model to Americans of every color.”

Great Negroes: Past and Present – “Brief biographical sketches of African and American Negroes outstanding because of their contributions to history, to science and industry, to fine arts, to education and religion, and to the performing arts. Winslow, Eugene. Ross, David P., Jr.”

Black Families – “Looking at the history and contemporary experiences of black families, this new edition examines the issue from religious socioeconomic, legal and gender based perspectives and will be a useful reference for family, race, and ethnic studies.”

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

Just Mercy: Adapted for Young Adults (A True Story of the Fight for Justice) – “In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls “as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so,” Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. In this very personal work–proceeds of which will go to charity–Bryan Stevenson recounts many and varied stories of his work as a lawyer in the U.S. criminal justice system on behalf of those in society who have experienced some type of discrimination and/or have been wrongly accused of a crime and who deserve a powerful advocate and due justice under the law. Through the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization Stevenson founded as a young lawyer and for which he currently serves as Executive Director, this important work continues. EJI strives to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Making a Way Out of No Way: African American Women and the Second Great Migration – “The Second Great Migration, the movement of African Americans between the South and the North that began in the early 1940s and tapered off in the late 1960s, transformed America. This migration of approximately five million people helped improve the financial prospects of black Americans, who, in the next generation, moved increasingly into the middle class. Over seven years, Lisa Krissoff Boehm gathered oral histories with women migrants and their children, two groups largely overlooked in the story of this event. She also utilized existing oral histories with migrants and southerners in lea.”

Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance – “n this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father –a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man–has been killed in a car accident. This sudden death inspires an emotional odyssey₇first to a small town in Kansas, from which he retraces the migration of his mother’s family to Hawaii, and then to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life, and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.”

Happy Women’s History Month!

Seven Faces of Women’s Sport (E-Book) – “This book explores the connections between women’s experiences of and contributions to sport as a profession, product and pastime. This collection brings together insights and experiences from academics, activists, players and practitioners to critically reflect upon contemporary women’s sport.”

Women in World War I (E-Book) – “This title examines the various roles women played in the war effort, as well as the new opportunities and societal changes they faced during World War I.”

Unspinning the Spin: The Women’s Media Center Guide to Fair and Accurate Language (E-Book) – “The Women’s Media Center-founded by Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan-presents its first comprehensive guide to using accurate, inclusive, creative, and clear language. At a time when language is too often used to “spin” instead of communicate, Unspinning the Spin: The Women’s Media Center Guide to Fair and Accurate Language was created to help everyone understand and be understood.”

Interrogating Women’s Leadership and Empowerment (E-Book) – “Looking at gender through multiple lenses, this volume seeks to understand what empowerment really means to women today. It examines the situation of women in, and their contribution to, politics, business, education, social and economic development, the women’s movement, health, law, insurgency and the arts.”

Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns (E-Book) -“Newly updated to examine Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, Women for President analyzes the gender bias the media has demonstrated in covering women candidates since the first woman ran for America’s highest office in 1872. Tracing the campaigns of nine women who ran for president through 2008 Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Schroeder, Lenora Fulani, Elizabeth Dole, Carol Moseley Braun, and Hillary Clinton – Erika Falk finds little progress in the fair treatment of women candidates.”

Integrative Women’s Health (E-Book)

Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia (E-Book) – “Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia” is the summary of a 2013 conference convened by the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine of the National Research Council to discuss the current status of women of color in academia and explore the challenges and successful initiatives for creating the institutional changes required to increase representation of women of color at all levels of the academic workforce. While the number of women, including minority women, pursuing higher education in science, engineering and medicine has grown, the number of minority women faculty in all institutions of higher education has remained small and has grown less rapidly than the numbers of nonminority women or minority men.”

Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators (E-Book)

Racially and Ethnically Diverse Women Leading Education: A World View (E-Book) – “This book’s primary focus is on racially and ethnically diverse women in educational leadership. Each chapter is written from a unique conceptual or empirical lens as shared by international female leaders, and range from a critical examination of global society and cross-cultural collaboration, to the intersection of race, law, and power.”

Beyond Retention: Cultivating Spaces of Equity, Justice, and Fairness for Women of Color in U.S. Higher Education (E-Book)

Underserved Women of Color, Voice, and Resistance: Claiming a Seat at the Table (E-Book)

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Audiobook) – “The author, United States Senator Kamala Harris, shares moments from her life growing up as the daughter of immigrants, becoming a prosecutor after graduating from law school, and later rising to her position of leadership in politics. Highlights some of her most defining moments ranging from taking on big banks during the foreclosure crisis to her current role in the senate, addressing such issues as national security, immigration, and the opioid crisis.

Women in Tech (Film) – “We often talk about how new technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning might change the lives of women. Now, meet some women who are changing the world of tech.”

TEDTalks Sheryl Sandberg – Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders (Film) – “In this TEDTalk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetizing the world’s largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged.”

Women’s Leadership Online Summit – She the People: Amplifying the Political Voice of Women of Color in 2018 and Beyond (Film)

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Resources

You Belong to Me – HV6248.M17 Y68 2015   

American Son  

Through Deaf Eyes – HV2530 T57 2007   

Transamerica – PN1995.9.G47 T73 2006   

Philadelphia – PN1997 .P45 1997   

If These Walls Could Talk 

Happy Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month! Did you know Black History Month began as Black History Week (then called “Negro History Week”) in 1926? Then in 1976 it was expanded to the month of February!

Rohrbach Library has e-books, video series, and films to help you celebrate. You can also find a resource guide for information on black military veterans at https://library.kutztown.edu/c.php?g=989430&p=7157158!

The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty (E-book) – “Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent figures in African-American and United States history, was born a slave, but escaped to the North and became a well-known anti-slavery activist, orator, and author. In The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass, Nicholas Buccola provides an important and original argument about the ideas that animated this reformer-statesman. Beyond his role as an abolitionist, Buccola argues for the importance of understanding Douglass as a political thinker who provides deep insights into the immense challenge of achieving and maintaining the liberal promise of freedom. Douglass, Buccola contends, shows us that the language of rights must be coupled with a robust understanding of social responsibility in order for liberal ideals to be realized. Truly an original American thinker, this book highlights Douglass’s rightful place among the great thinkers in the American liberal tradition”

John Edward Bruce: Politician, Journalist, and Self-Trained Historian of the African Diaspora (E-book) – “John Edward Bruce, a premier black journalist from the late 1800’s until his death in 1924, was a vital force in the popularization of African American history. “Bruce Grit,” as he was called, wrote for such publications as Marcus Garvey’s nationalist newspaper, The Negro World, and McGirt’s Magazine. Born a slave in Maryland in 1856, Bruce gained his freedom by joining a regiment of Union soldiers passing through on their way to Washington, DC. Bruce was in contact with major figures in African American history, including Henry Highland Garnett and Martin Delany.”

Artistic Ambassadors: Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era (E-book) – “During the first generation of black participation in U.S. diplomacy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a vibrant community of African American writers and cultural figures worked as U.S. representatives abroad. Through the literary and diplomatic dossiers of figures such as Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Archibald and Angelina Grimké, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Gibbs Hunt, and Richard Wright, Brian Roberts shows how the intersection of black aesthetic trends and U.S. political culture both Americanized and internationalized the trope of the New Negro.”

Reminiscences of an Active Life: The Autobiography of John Roy Lynch (E-book) – “Born into slavery on a Louisiana plantation, John Roy Lynch (1847-1939) came to adulthood during the Reconstruction Era and lived a public-spirited life for over three decades.”

Say Brother Ten Great Black Historical Figure (Film) – “This program weaves historical briefs about men selected as the ‘greatest Black men in history’ with a contemporary discussion of Boston’s current political situation.”

Resources Featuring Black Women

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers (E-book) – “Shaping Memories offers short essays by notable black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers. With contributions from such figures as novelist Paule Marshall, folklorist Daryl Cumber Dance, poets Mari Evans and Camille Dungy, essayist Ethel Morgan Smith, and scholar Maryemma Graham, the anthology provides a thorough overview of the formal concerns and thematic issues facing contemporary black women writers.”

Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity (E-book) – “This is the first full biography of Justice Leah Ward Sears. In 1992 Sears became the first woman and youngest justice to sit on the Supreme Court of Georgia. In 2005 she became the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of any state supreme court in the country. This book explores her childhood in a career military family; her education; her early work as an attorney; her rise through Georgia’s city, county, and state court systems; and her various pursuits after leaving the supreme court in 2009, when she transitioned into a life that was no less active or public.”

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper African American Reform Rhetoric and the Rise of a Modern Nation State (E-book) – “A prominent early feminist, abolitionist, and civil rights advocate, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote and spoke across genres and reform platforms during the turbulent second half of the nineteenth century. Her invention of a new commonplace language of moral character drew on the persuasive and didactic motifs of the previous decades of African-American reform politics, but far exceeded her predecessors in crafting lessons of rhetoric for women.”

Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era (E-book) – “In this comprehensive history, Ashley D. Farmer examines black women’s political, social, and cultural engagement with Black Power ideals and organizations. Complicating the assumption that sexism relegated black women to the margins of the movement, Farmer demonstrates how female activists fought for more inclusive understandings of Black Power and social justice by developing new ideas about black womanhood.”

Black Women in Politics: Demanding Citizenship, Challenging Power, and Seeking Justice (E-book) – “This book explores how Diasporic Black women engage in politics, highlighting three dimensions–citizenship, power, and justice–that are foundational to intersectionality theory and politics as developed by Black women and other women of color.”

Spectacular Leap: Black Women Athletes in Twentieth-Century America (E-book) – “When high jumper Alice Coachman won the high jump title at the 1941 national championships with’a spectacular leap, ‘African American women had been participating in competitive sport for close to twenty-five years. Yet it would be another twenty years before they would experience something akin to the national fame and recognition that African American men had known since the 1930s, the days of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. From the 1920s, when black women athletes were confined to competing within the black community, through the heady days of the late twentieth century when they ruled the world of women’s track and field, African American women found sport opened the door to a better life. However, they also discovered that success meant challenging perceptions that many Americans–both black and white–held of them.”

Women’s Leadership Online Summit. Black Women Changing the Tides (Film) – “During trying times like the one we’re experiencing now, people push back against the changing tides, and often, black women represent those changing tides. All leaders have challenges and obstacles that they must overcome to lead effectively, but for black women leading legacy organizations in philanthropy, those challenges are unique”

Black Feminist (Film) – “Black Feminist is a feature length documentary film surrounding the double edged sword of racial and gender oppression that black women face in America. This documentary is told through interviews from scholars, lecturers, writers, business owners, veterans, comedians and authors.”

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