"Possibility Thinkers": Rural Black Power and Women's Liberation after 1965
Date: 09/01/19 - 5/31/20
Funding Agencies: National Humanities Center
This study illuminates rural radical black womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s pursuit of political and economic self-determination in the post-1965 freedom struggle. I demonstrate the ways that Evangeline Grant Redding Briley and a network of activists in northeastern North Carolina both conceptualized and deployed Black Power and womenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s liberation politics to affirm community identity and to fight black land loss, poverty, sexism, and the carceral state. With attention to the cultural and geographical distinctions of a rural southern milieu, I also show how they adapted these ideologies in new temporal contexts to respond to persistent state-sanctioned violence against black people.