In her most recent book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era, (UNC Press, 2017) Dr. Ashley D. Farmer offers the first comprehensive study of black women’s intellectual production and activism in the Black Power era.
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. This compelling book shows how the new tropes of womanhood that they created—the “Militant Black Domestic,” the “Revolutionary Black Woman,” and the “Third World Woman,” for instance–spurred debate among activists over the importance of women and gender to Black Power organizing, causing many of the era’s organizations and leaders to critique patriarchy and support gender equality.
Making use of a vast and untapped array of black women’s artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, Farmer reveals how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, and identity in American life.
To celebrate her new work Dr. Farmer and Boston University’s African American Studies Program are hosting a reception and book signing on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the African American Studies Program Building (138 Mountfort Street, Brookline, MA 02446) from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
The event is FREE and OPEN to the public
Register through Eventbrite here
Dr. Ashley D. Farmer will also be hosting a discussion of Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era and a book signing at the Boston Public Library – Grove Hall Branch (41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA, 02121 on Saturday, February 10th at 3 pm
About the Author
Dr. Ashley D. Farmer is an Assistant Professor at Boston University’s Department of History of African American Studies Program. She is a historian of Black women’s history, intellectual history, and radical politics. Dr. Farmer earned her BA from Spelman College, an MA in History and a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Harvard University. She is also the Co-Editor and Curator of the Black Power Series with Ibram X. Kendi, published by NYU Press. Dr. Farmer lives in Boston, MA and tweets from @drashleyfarmer.
You can purchase her book here
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