THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 - COMMON TEXT KEYNOTE
Black Girls in Search of Justice: The Bluest Eye, Brown v. Board, and The Fate of Black Girlhood
Speaker: Dr. Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania
7:30pm, McGuire Hall, Andrew White Student Center
Sponsored by Messina
A Common Text and Messina Self and Other Event
About the Event:
This talk will consider how Toni Morrison's debut novel, "The Bluest Eye" helped found a modern black feminist movement by featuring the voices and inner lives of African American girls, a group that is increasingly invisible in mainstream conversations, public policies and private philanthropy, that purport to address racial disparities in the United States. In this talk, Professor Salamishah Tillet will discuss the novel, and Morrison's later children's book, "Remember: The Journey to School Integration," and her own organizing with Chicago teen girls through the nonprofit, A Long Walk Home, to use art to end violence against girls and women, to show the centrality of black girlhood to preserving American democracy.
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About the Speaker:
Salamishah Tillet is an associate professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She has appeared on the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, written for The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Nation, and The Root. She is the author of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (2012) and “Gloria Steinem: The Kindle Singles Interview” (2013), is currently working on a book on Nina Simone. In 2003, she co-founded with Scheherazade Tillet, the Chicago-based national organization, A Long Walk Home, a non-profit that uses art to end violence against girls and women.