According to the chapter “Is the Personal Still Political” in Patricia Hill Collins’s book From Black Power to Hip Hop, African American women could not fully identify with the American feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s because of “race, class, and nation matter” (Collins 178). In other words, African American women did not wholly face the same struggles as White women and formed their own feminist organizations as a result. Even today, there is still a divide between White feminism and Black feminism and many Black artists have taken on the role of mobilizing the Black feminist movement. Of all the works we have studied in RLGN 278, I was most fascinated by the works of Janelle Monae and the film Black Panther. Through Django Jane, Janelle Monae is able to provide commentary on today’s current climate of gender and sexuality while Black Panther provides a utopian view of these topics.
Today in society women are viewed as strong, independent people who have many opportunities and choices regarding how they want to live. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. In most of the early 1900’s, being a wife and a mother was the only option for women, and those who did not like that path were considered “unfeminine.” During the 1950’s and 1960’s, this began to change. Women 's liberation groups formed such as the New York Radical Women, and many powerful leaders emerged, such as Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Betty Friedan. These powerful leaders influenced women to become increasingly independent through the decades.
The impact that First Lady Obama left on the world is that she and many others can be powerful and make a movement for the future of the women. However, it was initially a struggle for her as an African American First Lady. There is actually a campaign that she is running called “Let’s Move” which serves as a rhetorical attempt to overcome those problems. The “Let’s Move” campaign exemplify the strategic use of the rhetorical persona to form the image of the archetypal mother and use of identification to create a constitutive audience of American families. Ultimately, Michelle Obama’s struggles in her role trace back to centuries ago.
In the 1970’s African American women created the Combahee River Collective to address the unique struggles that African American women face in their day-to-day lives. In 2016, black activists founded The Movement of Black Lives to advocate for all black people more generally. Both groups incorporated at least some intersectional ideas into their arguments and used similar stylistic strategies to communicate their ideas. However, these groups differed in the ways that they established target audiences, the breadth of institutions that they addressed, and in the ways they used word choice to further their causes. Both The Combahee River Collective and The Movement for Black Lives incorporated intersectional ideas into their arguments by acknowledging
Angela Davis is to be considered one of the most important political activists in African American culture. Davis was born on January 26th, 1944 in the deep south, more specifically, Birmingham, Alabama. Due to this, Davis was very susceptible to racial prejudice in her early years. She was also influenced by the idea of communism at a young age because her mother was actively involved with politics. Davis spent the majority of her early years as a scholar.
Analysis of Caged Bird by Maya Angelou In the midst of the 20th century much of America was challenging the views of society. People from every corner of America were demanding for their rights of freedom and their goal to end legalised racial segregation and discrimination. Before this, men and women of African descent were racially discriminated and oppressed. However, during this time, their dreams that were once crushed, arose again, and the cries of hope were turning into realities. With the help of artists, singers, poets and leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, the Civil Rights Movement successfully secured the legal recognition and federal protection of Black Americans.
The novel gives the readers a different point of view on the institution of slavery, explaining economic and political causes and consequences of it. It also helped Americans decide what kind of country they wanted to live in. Moreover, Uncle Tom’s Cabin helped women decide what kind of life they wanted to live. It is because of this book that, from the moment of its publication, feminist movements become more powerful and popular. Stowe was inspired by American women and mothers to write the novel and its success went hand in hand with domesticity and familial conventions.
The Help focuses on the story of a upper class writer that tries to find her social identity as well as others. With help from the maids of Jackson, Mississippi, they all overcome stereotypes and discrimination. Aibileen's story was the foundation idea for Skeeter because she had been through so much in her life that she decided to tell her story. The fact that she was black, and a woman the role of a maid for the upper class families were passed down from generations so she saw her fair share of being looked down upon. Being a part of the Black/African African race, there were certain things she
In the Civil Rights Movement we learned about how the African-Americans overcame racism and segregation to gain equal rights. Even though it was a long tough battle they eventually got what they had wanted. A similar event is also happening with women’s rights. Some women of America have gathered disturbing facts and would like to share them with the world to gain support for their cause. They would like male and female help to win this battle against what they believe is unfair or unequal.
Lastly, both of these composed works will continue to be assessed and compared to future works of African American women as it is critical to understand the development of overcoming systems of oppression in the matrix of domination. In order to address the need for social change, Patricia Collins states that confronting these issues of oppression must have direction and vision. This song has the potential to ignite collective solidarity because of these shared experiences of oppression in which this severely marginalized group of people has has to overcome with their own form of empowerment that is still continuing to grow as the direct vision of the song has the potential to spur on the need for social
The Greensboro Sit-Ins were a series of protests led by four young black college students that were committed to equality in civil rights. What Were the Greensboro Sit-Ins? There was one influence that sparked a whole civil rights movement in the 60’s. There was a large civil rights struggle before and during the 60’s. Woolworth’s lunch counter was where it all changed.
Firstly, Brown brought with her a deeper concentration on women 's growth within the Party. Along with continuing to support the rhetoric of The Black Panther, she also appointed women to key positions that were historically held by men (Millward, 74), and enforced a ban on the frequent
Suffrage means to have the right to vote in political elections. This concept is an ideal meaning for women throughout history, especially for the women population between late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Women suffrage commenced at the Seneca Falls, which later on had escalated to Unions, then led to the 15th and 19th amendment. Of course, the men of that time had belittled the women who believed that they were more than merely the traditional mothers and wives. Although, suffrage is not only just for females, but to the Black population too; both males and females.
Their marketing activities helped to invigorate the development of enslaved women’s networks. The African American women were both sellers and buyers. The marketplace was a medium where the women were able to converse and also a place where reputations could be built or destroyed. Many of the free women of color held different jobs including seamstresses, washers, bakers and shopkeepers. Unlike enslaved women free black women were able to move from selling products to being a shopkeeper which was considered a socially respected profession.
One may wonder how are black women doing so? Well,“Black women do so at higher rates than any other group of women in America.” In 2010, they were 66 percent of all blacks who finished a Bachelor’s Degree, 71 percent with a Master’s, and 65 percent with a Doctorate (Covert 1). This type of information changes the game for black women because this sends a message to their oppressors. Not only showing that they are capable of achieving great things in life but most importantly they are a force to be reckon with. For example, take our 44th first lady of the white house and think