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AGENCY + CARE: The Power of Black Women Reading

  • CUNY Graduate Center 365 5th Avenue, Skylight Room New York, NY 10016 United States (map)

Toni Morrison. Octavia Butler. Claudia Rankine. During times of political strife and social change, Black women writers such as these are truth-tellers who remind us of who we are and where we’ve been while imagining new futures. Their writing anchors organizing communities and book clubs—on and offline—as readers passionately discuss their texts, make new friends, seek refuge within community, and strategize action steps toward liberation. In recent years, the literary world has taken notice, as newly published Black (trans and cis)women authors shine on best-selling lists.

Join Glory Edim (Creator, Well-Read Black Girl), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Founder, Brilliance Remastered), Christen Smith (Creator, Cite Black Women), and Jamia Wilson (Editor, The Feminist Press) discuss how people are using Black women’s writing to create communities of care and action, and the power of reading in this political moment. Moderated by Bianca Williams (CUNY, Graduate Center), the panelists engage in a conversation about how they channel their love for feminist practice and Black women’s literature into their professional careers.

More information about all of our AGENCY + CARE events are included in this post.

These events are co-sponsored by Brilliance Remastered and the Center for the Study of Women and Society at The Graduate Center.