African American Women Activists
with Jacqueline Jones Royster
Offered in partnership with The Park Avenue Armory
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Black Women’s Club Movement at the turn of the twentieth century was an essential development in African American activism. This master class will focus on the movement’s inaugural publication, Woman’s Era Magazine, and examine the factors that fired and nurtured a relentless quest for civil rights in the movement’s leaders. Special consideration will be given to the writings of Maria Stewart, Ida Wells, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Alicia Garza.

Jacqueline Jones Royster, Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Ivan Allen Jr. Dean’s Chair in Liberal Arts and Technology, is a professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Her research focuses on the intersection of rhetoric, feminist studies, and cultural studies. Dr. Royster’s books include: Double-Stitch: Black Women Write about Mothers and Daughters; Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells-Barnett; Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change Among African American Women; Profiles of Ohio Women, 1803-2003; Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture; Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Royster is also a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America.






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Photos by Pat Swain.


“Hearing from other educators who are like-minded and witnessing their tireless passion reinvigorated and inspired me.”
Zhanna Bubnova, John Jay School of Law


Assigned readings:


Cooper, Brittney C. “Introduction.” In Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women, 11–31. Women, Gender, and Sexuality in American History. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
Jones Royster, Jacqueline, and Gesa E. Kirsch. “Social Circulation and Legacies of Mobility for Nineteenth-Century Women: Implications for Using Digital Resources in Socio-Rhetorical Projects.” In Circulation, Writing, and Rhetoric, edited by Laurie E. Gries and Collin Gifford Brooke, 170–88. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2017.
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse, and Asha Bandele. “Chapter 16: When They Call You A Terrorist.” In When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, 1st ed., 243–53. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2018.


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