ETHS 150: Black Feminist Theory Analysis

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I am writing to apply for the position of instructor for ETHS 150: Black Feminist Theory, for which Dr. Ajuan Mance suggested I apply. I hold an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and am in the process of completing a novel that focuses on the critical roles black women played during the civil rights movement in the early 1960s. I am confident that my teaching experience, writing, and research interests make me an ideal fit for the course. Over the past five years, I have taught courses at Mills that focus on Women’s Leadership in the context of social justice movements in the U.S. and the literature that frames U.S. social justice movements. I’ve also co-taught classes on African American Literature and worked with undergraduate …show more content…

My novel, One Summer, follows twelve young women who, during the long hot summer of ’63, take part in a direct action and wind up incarcerated for 30 days without benefit of charges. Inspired by a true story, the text explores the marginalization of black women in the movement and how prominent women like Daisy Bates and Dorothy Height, and to even greater degree those like the young women in my novel and those upon whom their characters are based, got pushed to the background as men were fore grounded. One Summer, which was my MFA thesis, also delves into the myriad issues faced by black women attempting to navigate their place within larger …show more content…

I am particularly interested in how women like Cat Brooks in Oakland, Ashley Yates in Ferguson, and Synead Nichols in New York became virtually invisible as they led and guided this movement. I contend that this invisibility is a function and symptom of sexism which devalues the contributions of women and relegates them to subordinate roles, or ignores their contributions altogether. I am interested in unearthing: 1) how this subordination belies the active and robust roles black women play in ensuring that the voice and struggle of black Americans is amplified and heard, and 2) how it propagates the idea that contemporary black led social justice movements are

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