Robyn Spencer: Black Power & Women’s Liberation
SEP 14, 2017 | 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
September 14, 2017: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Center for the Study of Women & Society and the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas & the Caribbean (IRADAC)
Dr. ROBYN C. SPENCER is a historian whose research centers on social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. In this talk, she will explore how the Black Panther Party attempted to provide an alternative space where black men and women could challenge sexism and patriarchy, as well as reconceptualize gender roles. The Panthers provided a space where they could develop their consciousness and find the tools to critique male chauvinism and female socialization. These politically conscious women transformed the Panthers internal gender politics, and by extension, their overall political agenda.