Event Title

"We Need Not Weep Alone": Evelyn C. White's Vision of a World Where Black Women are Free

Location

King Building 339

Start Date

4-28-2017 4:30 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 5:50 PM

Abstract

This paper investigates the life and writing of Evelyn C. White, a previously unexamined figure in the scholarship of Black feminism of the twentieth century. She is the author of Chain, Chain, Change: For Black Women in Abusive Relationships (Seal Press, 1985), Black Women’s Health Book (Seal Press, 1990), and Alice Walker: A Life (W. W. Norton, 2004). In White’s three major works, she addresses a different aspect of, what she referred to as, Black women’s “unexamined pain.” Without White, history lacks a storyteller whose life has illuminates the opportunities, obstacles, and imagination involved in creating a world where Black women are free.

Keywords:

archive, black feminism, journalism, biography, narrative

Notes

Session III, Panel 15 - Black | Authorship
Moderator: Gillian Johns, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies

Major

History

Award

Leah Freed Memorial Prize

Advisor(s)

Renee Romano, History

Project Mentor(s)

Renee Romano, History

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"We Need Not Weep Alone": Evelyn C. White's Vision of a World Where Black Women are Free

King Building 339

This paper investigates the life and writing of Evelyn C. White, a previously unexamined figure in the scholarship of Black feminism of the twentieth century. She is the author of Chain, Chain, Change: For Black Women in Abusive Relationships (Seal Press, 1985), Black Women’s Health Book (Seal Press, 1990), and Alice Walker: A Life (W. W. Norton, 2004). In White’s three major works, she addresses a different aspect of, what she referred to as, Black women’s “unexamined pain.” Without White, history lacks a storyteller whose life has illuminates the opportunities, obstacles, and imagination involved in creating a world where Black women are free.