Legacies of Feminist Leadership in the Black Freedom Struggle

Session Recording 15/07/2020

This event is a part of the #LaidlawGlobalTalks Series, in which partner universities invite speakers to consider leadership--in the context of their own professional journeys, or as a topic of investigation in their work--in order to support the development of Laidlaw Scholars as next generation leaders. 


This discussion explores how today's Black Lives Matter movement builds upon generations of black feminist activism and leadership in the United States and the African Diaspora. Reflecting on the intellectual and activist work of Ella Baker, Angela Davis, Barbara Ransby, Alicia Garza, among others, the conversation will examine the ways this genealogy of black feminism enhances our understanding of the intertwined nature of our current crises, from the racial and class disparities exposed by COVID-19, to the question of police violence, and the larger issue of racial injustice.  

Speaker Details:

Frank A. Guridy is Associate Professor of History and African American & African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of the award-winning, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow (University of North Carolina Press, 2010). He is also the co-editor of Beyond el Barrio: Everyday Life in Latino/a America (NYU Press, 2010), with Gina Pérez and Adrian Burgos, Jr, and has published in various scholarly and online publications. His current research has shifted to U.S. sport and urban history, focusing on the relationship of sport to urban political economies and recreational life in the United States. He is currently at work on two book projects: Assembly in the Fragmented City: A History of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and The Athletic Revolution in Texas: A History of Sport and Society in the Lone Star State, 1960-1984 (University of Texas Press). During his time at Columbia, he has particularly enjoyed teaching “Sport and Society in the Americas,” a lecture course that encourages students to consider how sport informs understandings of race, gender, nation, and sexuality; and “Columbia 1968,” a course that asks students to re-examine one of the most important historical events to take place in the university’s history, the history of the Black Freedom Struggle, and the anti-War movement of the 1960s.