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Research Discussion: The Meaning of Emancipation According to Black Women: Black Feminist Praxis and the Gendered Politics of the “Race vs. Class” Debate

3MT Featured Home Graduate Education Week Inclusive Excellence Individual Development Plan (IDP) PostDoc Association Professional Development Upcoming Events October 30, 2018 11am to 12pm


The Bridge: 220 Townsend or join us virtually at


Theresa Metz

Dr. Keona Ervin, Associate Professor of African-American History
Who bears class and who has the authority to act in its name? This question sits at the heart of the old “race vs class” debate. Despite black women’s productive and reproductive labors being central to the US capitalist economy, historically their experiences were marginal to the “race vs class” question. This discussion will focus on Black feminists organizing and intellectual production during the 1970’s and 1980’s. In this period the emergence of crucial ideological debates about class, capital, and the material conditions of Black women’s life.