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Sunday, July 8 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
From Slavery to the #MeToo Era: Black Women's Struggle Against Sexual Violence

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From slavery to Jim Crow to the #MeToo era, sexual violence, particularly against Black women and girls, has historically been a tool of racial terrorism and control in the U.S. Drawing on Danielle McGuire's work, At the Dark End of the Street, and the work of Black socialists and feminists, including Angela Davis, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Dorothy Roberts, this talk will discuss the distinct experiences of sexual violence faced by black women historically, and today, and how these experiences are shaped by multiple interlocking oppressions that black women face with respect to race, class, gender, and sexuality. The talk will also discuss organizing efforts that have taken on sexual violence against black women, with emphasis on McGuire's book on anti-rape organizing by black women in the South during the 1940s and into the civil rights movement.

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Akua Ofori

Akua Ofori is a socialist activist and public health researcher. She has been organizing for years against police brutality, women's and LGBTQ oppression, deportations, and around other social justice issues.

Sunday July 8, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Hyde Park B