Personally Speaking Talk: How Early Women’s Writings Led To Civil Rights Discourse

Stories of liberation from slavery and oppression have become central to African American women’s literature, creating a literary genre of their own. Janaka Bowman Lewis, in Freedom Narratives of African American Women: A study of 19th Century Writings, finds in the women’s writings civil rights discourse that existed even earlier than the late 19th and early 20th centuries’ discussions of racial uplift.

She will talk about her findings and her research — which focused on education, individual progress, marriage and family, labor, intellectual commitments and community rebuilding projects — on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 at the next Personally Speaking talk.

For more information and to register, visit this site. Lewis, director of UNC Charlotte’s Women’s and Gender Studies program, is an associate professor of English and a faculty affiliate of Africana Studies.

Lewis, a faculty affiliate of Africana Studies, teaches courses on 19th and 20th Century African American women’s literature and African American archival and material culture.  She has published several book chapters and essays on African American women writers of the 19th Century in addition to book chapters on black sports culture. She has contributed essays and chapters on race and gender dynamics in higher education. The author of two children’s books that she has shared in research and presentations on diversity in children’s literature, Lewis currently is working on a monograph about black girlhood and narratives of play in literature and media.

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