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Hood Feminism: Mikki Kendall in conversation with Jalessah T. Jackson

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Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Mikki Kendall in conversation with Jalessah T. Jackson for a celebration of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot. A potent and electrifying critique of today's feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in Black feminism. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.
 
Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?  

In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.
 
Mikki Kendall is a New York Times bestselling writer, speaker, and blogger whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Time, Salon, Ebony, Essence, and elsewhere. An accomplished public speaker, she has discussed race, feminism, violence in Chicago, tech, pop culture, and social media on Good Morning AmericaThe Daily Show, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera's The Listening Post, BBC's Woman's Hour, and Huff Post Live, as well as at universities across the country. In 2017, she was awarded Best Food Essay from the Association of Food Journalists for her essay on hot sauce, Jim Crow, and Beyonc√©. She is also the author of Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights and a co-editor of the Locus-nominated anthology Hidden Youth, as well as a part of the Hugo-nominated team of editors at Fireside Magazine. A veteran, she lives in Chicago with her family.
 

Jalessah T. Jackson is a Black queer feminist, mother, writer, and interdisciplinary scholar researching and teaching about critical theories of race, gender, class, sexualities, disability. They are the Director of Community Engagement at Feminist Women's Health Center (FWHC) where they lead the development of a comprehensive vision, strategy, implementation, and evaluation plan for all community engagement programs and initiatives.

Across her work in the classroom and in the community, her focus has been on the ways that systems of oppression structure opportunities in society, and their daily work has been with/in communities who are marginalized through those structures.

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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780525560562
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2021

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“One of the most important books of the current moment.”—Time

 
“A rousing call to action... It should be required reading for everyone.”—Gabrielle Union, author of We’re Going to Need More Wine
 


Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights Cover Image
By Mikki Kendall, A. D'Amico (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399581793
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - November 5th, 2019

A bold and gripping graphic history of the fight for women’s rights by the New York Times bestselling author of Hood Feminism


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Mikki Kendall in conversation w/ Jalessah Jackson for a celebration of Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot. A potent & electrifying critique of today's feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in Black feminism