"A Call to Negro Women:" A Discussion Circle About A Radical Black Manifest...

"A Call to Negro Women:" A Discussion Circle About A Radical Black Manifest...

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A Call to Negro Women: A (Little Known) Black Feminist Manifesto -- A Discussion Circle

In 1951, a short-lived group called Sojourners for Truth and Justice was founded by radical Black women including Louise Thompson Patterson, Beulah (Beah) Richards, Alice Childress, Eslanda Robeson, Shirley Graham Du Bois and more. The founders of the group described Sojourners "as a militant Negro women's movement...dedicated to the militant struggle for full freedom of the Negro people and an uncompromising fight against white supremacy."

Join Mariame Kaba during Women's History Month for a discussion about the Sojourners and their "Call to Negro Women." As historian Erik McDuffie has explained, "the Sojourners formulated a black left feminist politics that incorporated a sophisticated understanding of the African American freedom as a struggle for human rights, one that had global dimensions, during the Cold War."

Required Reading: Mariame's new zine about the Sojourners for the discussion: https://issuu.com/melanationzine/docs/a_call_to_negro_women?fbclid=IwAR3kp6t_YUiMk_e4aB54t4Nrc_uwaW7BNT5M7lLqZ-l2w5BuTuSo9HL2auw and the following chapter by Erik McDuffie:

Discussion Facilitator: Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator and curator whose work focuses on racial justice, gender justice, transformative/restorative justice, ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. She has co-founded multiple organizations and projects over the years including We Charge Genocide, the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander and Survived & Punished collective among others. Her writing has appeared in the Nation Magazine, the Guardian, The Washington Post, In These Times, Teen Vogue, The New Inquiry and more. She runs Prison Culture blog (www.usprisonculture.com/blog).