Today, African American women are an organized and consequential facet of our body politic. How did they get here? To understand their story is to understand the politics of our own time, setting aside old narratives and learning about the future through black women’s ongoing quest for rights. Vanguard, a new book by Martha S. Jones, tells how they built their movement, which was plagued by ridicule and resistance, and extended to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
This virtual event is presented by Dr. Martha S. Jones as part of our Francis Scott Key Lecture Series, now called FSK from Home. Dr. Jones is a Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a writer, commentator, researcher, and historian whose work is permeated by the intersections of race, gender, law, and history.