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"From Black Power To Black Lives Matter: Mapping The Terrain Of The Black Freedom Movement"


"From Black Power To Black Lives Matter: Mapping The Terrain Of The Black Freedom Movement"

Join the Anna Julia Cooper Center for the 2016 Anna Julia Cooper lecture, delivered by Dr. Barbara Ransby. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Barbara Ransby is an historian, writer, and longtime political activist. She has published dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venue, and is most notably the author of a multi award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision, (University of North Carolina, 2003). The book won the following national awards: 

• 2004 Lillian Smith Book Award, Southern Regional Council
• 2003 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize, American Historical Association
• 2003 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize, Association of Black Women Historians
• 2004 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award, Organization of American Historians
• 2004 James A. Rawley Prize, Organization of American Historians
• Honorable Mention, 2004 Berkshire Conference First Book Prize, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
• 2004 Honor Book, Black Caucus of the American Library Association
• 2004 Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America

Dr. Ransby’s second book published in 2013 by Yale University Press is a political biography of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson, entitled: Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson. This book wqas selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the North America Category, and won a Honorable Mention for the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival in the Biography/Autobiography Category.

In addition to serving in administrative roles as Department Chair and Interim Vice Provost for Programs and Planning, Dr. Ransby serves on the editorial board of the London-based journal, Race and Class, the advisory board of The Chicago Woods Fund, and a number of non-profit, civic, and media organizations. In 2012 she became the second Editor in Chief of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. Professor Ransby received a BA in History from Columbia University and an MA and PhD in History from the University of Michigan, where she was a Mellon Fellow. She is currently a Distinguished Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and History. She also directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative at UIC.

The Anna Julia Cooper Center is an interdisciplinary research center that advances justice through intersectional scholarship. It is led by Professor Melissa Harris-Perry. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Speakers, Lectures


Academic Centers / Institutes, Anna Julia Cooper Center

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Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Parents/Guests, Staff, Students, First-Year Undergraduate Students, Prospective Students

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