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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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CO-SPONSORED SESSION: Black Theology Unit and Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Unit and Women of Color Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism Unit

Call for Papers: 

Power to the People: Black Women's Power, Black Studies Movement and the Womanist Social Justice Critique -
Black women leaders (scholars/activists/artists/revolutionaries) in the academy and the larger world have made profound impact in public spaces. Significant emergence of Black women's power occurred in California during the 1960s with the founding of the Black Panther Party and the Black Studies Movement, in concert with Black women who participated in the cultural, religious, and economic nationalist wing of the Black Power Movement. Powerful women also shaped the Nation of Islam. These brilliant activists, community organizers, writers, artists, and thinkers served important and influential roles, implemented programs that were vital to uplifting the Black community, and called out sexism. Black students from UC Santa Barbara joined the national civil rights movement to end racial segregation and the systematic exclusion of African American studies from the curriculum of major universities. Their protest and vision resulted in the founding of Department of Black Studies and a Center for Black Studies to monitor, coordinate, support, and encourage research in the community. This session explores the intersections of the profound impact of prominent women in the Black Power Movement (e.g., Kathleen Cleaver, Assata Shakur, Elaine Brown, Angela Davis, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Sonya Sanchez, etc.) and the impact of Black Studies Movement as spaces for liberation from oppression in conversation with the 25th anniversary groundbreaking Black Womanist Ethics and the social justice and societal critique of Dr. Emilie Townes' work, Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee