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One Drop: Yaba Blay in conversation with Susana Morris

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Yaba Blay in conversation with Susana Morris for a celebration of One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. Challenging the narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality to understand the diversity of what it means to be Black in the US and around the world. This event is co-sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.


What exactly is Blackness and what does it mean to be Black? 
Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness? 
Who determines who is Black and who is not? 
Who's Black, who's not, and who cares?

In the United States, a Black person has come to be defined as any person with any known Black ancestry. Statutorily referred to as "the rule of hypodescent," this definition of Blackness is more popularly known as the "one-drop rule," meaning that a person with any trace of Black ancestry, however small or (in)visible, cannot be considered White. A method of social order that began almost immediately after the arrival of enslaved Africans in America, by 1910 it was the law in almost all southern states. At a time when the one-drop rule functioned to protect and preserve White racial purity, Blackness was both a matter of biology and the law. One was either Black or White. Period. Has the social and political landscape changed one hundred years later?

One Drop explores the extent to which historical definitions of race continue to shape contemporary racial identities and lived experiences of racial difference. Featuring the perspectives of 60 contributors representing 25 countries and combining candid narratives with striking portraiture, this book provides living testimony to the diversity of Blackness.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist, public speaker, and cultural consultant whose scholarship, work and practice centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls, with a focus on identity/body politics and beauty practices. Lauded by O Magazine for her social media activism, Dr. Blay has launched several viral campaigns including Locs of Love, #PrettyPeriod, and #ProfessionalBlackGirl, her multi-platform digital community. She has appeared on CNN, BET, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, EBONY, Essence, Fast Company, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Colorlines, and The Root. A thought leader on Black racial identity, colorism, and beauty politics, Dr. Blay is a globally sought-after speaker and consultant. and earned a Master of Arts and PhD in African American Studies (with distinction) and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Temple University. She also holds a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Orleans.

Susana Morris is an associate professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is co-founder and contributing writer for the popular feminist blog, The Crunk Feminist Collective. Her first book is Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature. Her most recent books are the anthology The Crunk Feminist Collection, which was co-edited with Brittney Cooper and Robin Boylorn and , a short story collection of horror written by Black women co-edited with Kinitra D. Brooks and Linda Addison. Morris is also series editor, along with Kinitra D. Brooks, of the book series New Suns: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Speculative. She is currently at work on her latest academic book project, which explores depictions of Black women vampires, Afrofuturism, and feminism. 

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ISBN: 9780807073360
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Published: Beacon Press - February 16th, 2021

Challenges narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality to understand the diversity of what it means to be Black in the US and around the world

What exactly is Blackness and what does it mean to be Black?
Is Blackness a matter of biology or consciousness?
Who determines who is Black and who is not?


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Yaba Blay in conversation with Susana Morris for a celebration of One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. This event is co-sponsored by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.