Charis welcomes Dr. E. Patrick Johnson in conversation with Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall for a celebration of Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women, a narrative non-fiction companion to his instant classic oral history released earlier this year, Black. Queer. Southern. Women—An Oral History. Dr. Johnson is a professor and Chair of the African-American Studies Department at Northwestern University. Beverly Guy-Sheftall is a Black feminist scholar, writer, and editor, who is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and English at Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the founding director of the Spelman College Women's Research and Resource Center, the first at a historically Black college or university. Together, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Guy-Sheftall will discuss the power of form and craft in shaping Honeypot and the importance of Black, gay, lesbian, and queer oral histories for our time.
This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $5 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
E. Patrick Johnson's Honeypot opens with the fictional trickster character Miss B. barging into the home of Dr. EPJ, informing him that he has been chosen to collect and share the stories of her people. With little explanation, she whisks the reluctant Dr.
Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, this book powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities--all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society.
The first major anthology to trace the development, from the early 1800s to the present, of black feminist thought in the United States, Words of Fire is Beverly Guy-Sheftall's comprehensive collection of writings, in the feminist tradition, of more than sixty African American women.