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Evolutions of Womanism: From West African Roots to Emerging Ideas in the Caribbean
During this program, Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., and Sheron Fraser-Burgess, Ph.D., ’87, will converse about the evolution of womanism and the importance of the African/African-descended worldview in higher education and global problem solving today.

Womanism as an intellectual, social, and cultural movement grew out of Black women’s recognition of a culturally distinct approach to thinking about social problem solving in the 1970s. In the context of mainstream feminism, which was, at that time, largely driven by white middle class women’s ideas, goals, and agenda, Black women in the U.S. and beyond started to articulate an alternative praxis that came to be known as womanism, after a term introduced by writer and activist Alice Walker in 1977. These women were Black feminists, self-described Third World feminists, and other Black women who, up to then, had resisted these labels but, nevertheless, were part of the movement by Black women to transform the world in the direction of justice, peace, and healing. Over the next several decades, womanism matured into a world-embracing perspective informed by Black women and people of color of all genders from diverse countries and cultures.

This virtual program is co-sponsored by Harambee House at Wellesley College and is part of the Social Change Dialogues series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women, with support from the Cowles/Sulzberger Fund. The program will be recorded and shared with those who cannot attend live.

Sep 23, 2021 03:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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