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Black Women Taught Us: An Intimate History of Black Feminism--Dr. Jenn M. Jackson in conversation with Forrest Evans

Event date: 
Saturday, February 3, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Charis welcomes Dr. Jenn M. Jackson in conversation with Forrest Evans for a discussion of Black Women Taught Us: An Intimate History of Black Feminism, a reclamation of essential history and a hopeful gesture toward a better political future, this is what listening to Black women looks like—from a professor of political science and columnist for Teen Vogue. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. 

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD, has been known to bring historical acuity to some of the most controversial topics in America today. Now, in their first book, Jackson applies their critical analysis to the questions that have long energized their work: Why has Black women’s freedom fighting been so overlooked throughout history, and what has our society lost because of our refusal to engage with our forestrugglers’ lessons?


A love letter to those who have been minimized and forgotten, this collection repositions Black women’s intellectual and political work at the center of today’s liberation movements.

Across eleven original essays that explore the legacy of Black women writers and leaders—from Harriet Jacobs and Ida B. Wells to the Combahee River Collective and Audre Lorde—Jackson sets the record straight about Black women’s longtime movement organizing, theorizing, and coalition building in the name of racial, gender, and sexual justice in the United States and abroad. These essays show, in both critical and deeply personal terms, how Black women have been at the center of modern liberation movements despite the erasure and misrecognition of their efforts. Jackson illustrates how Black women have frequently done the work of liberation at great risk to their lives and livelihoods.

For a new generation of movement organizers and co-strugglers, Black Women Taught Us serves as a reminder that Black women were the first ones to teach us how to fight racism, how to name that fight, and how to imagine a more just world for everyone.

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD, is an award-winning professor of political science at Syracuse University and a columnist for Teen Vogue, where they write the popular “Speak On It” column that “explores how today’s social and political life is influenced by generations of racial and gender (dis)order.” A queer genderflux androgynous Black woman, Jackson primary research is in Black Politics with a focus on Black Feminism, racial trauma and threat, gender and sexuality, and social movements. Black Women Taught Us is their first book.

Forrest Evans is a licensed, Atlanta-based librarian working in Sports and Tech, for Warner Brothers Discovery. The lowcountry native is committed to combating under education, fighting for gender equality and systemic patriarchy that brings joy to her day. The superheroine is also known as "Favorite Librarian" on social media, where she provides an array of Queer Books and Resources.

Forrest is the newest member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Pride Committee and also serves on the Steering Committee for Atlanta Pride Run, and is the Logistics Coordinator for Gaye Magazine.

A published poet and creative, her work can be found in Pen+Brush, Lavender Review: Lesbian Poetry and Art, TQ Review: A Journal of Trans and Queer Voices, and The Apogee Journal to name a few.

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Black Women Taught Us: An Intimate History of Black Feminism By Jenn M. Jackson Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593243336
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - January 23rd, 2024

A reclamation of essential history and a hopeful gesture toward a better political future, this is what listening to Black women looks like—from a professor of political science and columnist for Teen Vogue.


Event Summary: 
A reclamation of essential history and a hopeful gesture toward a better political future, this is what listening to Black women looks like—from a professor of political science and columnist for Teen Vogue.