Women's Studies Presents Black (Women) Power!

FSU Presents Writer Tamara Winfrey-Harris in “Black (Women) Power”

Frostburg State University’s Women’s Studies Program will host writer Tamara Winfrey-Harris in a presentation on black (women) power on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in FSU’s Lane University Center room 111.

Modern black women are using their power in surprising ways. Indeed it was three black women who founded Black Lives Matter, taking a central role in a new civil rights movement. This presentation looks at ways black women are harnessing their power to make societal change.

Winfrey-Harris is a writer who specializes in the ever-evolving space where current events, politics and pop culture intersect with race and gender. “I want to be a storyteller of the black female experience and a truth-teller to all those folks who got us twisted – tangled up in racist and sexist lies,” she said. “I want my writing to advocate for my sisters. We are better than alright. We are amazing.”

Well-versed on a range of topics, including Beyoncé’s feminism, Rachel Dolezal’s white privilege and the black church and female sexuality, Winfrey-Harris has been published in many media outlets, including The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, New York, Ebony, The American Prospect and Ms. She pens a regular column, “Some of Us Are Brave,” for Bitch magazine. Her work, including “No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability,” which first appeared in Bitch magazine, has been republished in textbooks, including The Arlington Reader (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013).

Winfrey-Harris has also shared her analysis with media outlets, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and Janet Mock’s “So Popular” on MSNBC.com, as well as university campuses nationwide, including Princeton University, Purdue University and The Ohio State University.

Her first book, “The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015), won the Phyllis Wheatley Award, IndieFab Award, Independent Publishers Living Now Award and the IPPY Award.

This presentation is sponsored by FSU’s Office of the Provost; Student Affairs; the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Office of Regional Development and Engagement; and the African American Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Earles in FSU’s Department of Sociology at 301-687-3198 or jlearles@frostburg.edu.

Thursday, October 18 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Lane Center 108
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

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