Mary Church Terrell’s Intersectional Black Feminism
Author: Alison M. Parker, University of Delaware
Comment: Kerri Greenidge, Tufts University
Thursday 21 November
Massachusetts Historical Society
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Civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) highlighted the intersections of race and sex in black women’s lives. This paper focuses on Terrell’s critiques of the suffrage movement, the social purity movement, and the postbellum white nostalgia for “Black Mammies.” Terrell asserted black women’s right to be full citizens, to vote, and to be treated without violence and with respect.
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