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#SAYHERNAME: Towards a Gender Inclusive Movement for Black Lives

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Published January 26, 2016


Dr. Brittney Cooper speaks about the experiences of cis and transgender women in the Black Lives Matter movement. Featured as part of the fall 2015 university course "The Ferguson Movement: Power, Politics, and Protest," led by Professor Dorothy Brown, Dr. Cooper's talk came at the invitation of Drs. Donna Troka and Pamela Scully of Emory's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE). An overflowing audience of students, faculty, and the public attended Dr. Cooper's lecture on November 3, 2015 in the Woodruff Library's Jones Room. A well-known activist and black feminist theorist, Cooper places the #SayHerName campaign within the contexts of feminist and queer theory genealogies, as well black activism. CFDE and the James Weldon Johnson Institute co-sponsored this lecture.


Question & Answer Session

About the Speaker

Dr. Brittney Cooper is assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She received her PhD in American Studies from the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University. Dr. Cooper is co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017). She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, May 2017) and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s, February 2018).  Her work explores Black women's intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender politics in hip hop and popular culture.

Cover Image Attribution:

#SayHerName at Skyline Music Series, January 1, 2015. Photograph by Flickr user Joe Brusky. Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 2.0.

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