“Unheralded Heroines”: Examining the Women Mentors and Comrades in the Life of Malcolm X
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February 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Many historians and students of social movements have yet to make the significant connections of Malcolm X’s socio-political, psychological and leadership development to the many women mentors and allies who were critical in his overall maturation.
This lecture/workshop explores Malcolm X’s life and career as influenced by the women who taught, supported and admired his trajectory from his very humble beginnings as a wayward teen to his international prominence as freedom fighter for human rights and dignity of Black and all oppressed peoples throughout the world. Most importantly, this lecture/workshop unpacks the rich and meaningful relationships that Malcolm X maintained with the women who became his mentors and allies while investigating his (at times) troubled and underdeveloped gender politics. Participants will gain a broader understanding of Malcolm X’s life, by examining his shifting attitudes towards patriarchy, sexism and leadership in the context of the overall Black Freedom Struggle.
Richard D. Benson IIDr. Richard D. Benson II is a historian specializing in education, the Black Freedom Movement and transnational social movements. He completed a PhD in Educational Policy Studies specializing in the history of education at the University of Illinois. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Spelman … Read More ›