Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, Black History Month, ETSU Women’s Studies will be highlighting the stories and achievements of black women, and celebrating the contributions of all black women in the struggle for equality.  It’s important to reflect upon the intersecting oppression that women of color have faced and continue to face in addition to that which all women face every day to ensure that in our collective struggle, their concerns are not ignored and they are not left behind.

The importance of spotlighting the history of black women is exemplified by Rosa Parks, whose narrative and active participation in shaping the civil rights movement has been obscured and made passive by a dominant male narrative as well as a dominant white narrative.  We should instead seek to approach history from her own perspective, highlighting her active contribution to the civil rights movement and her powerful belief in its cause.

Feminism should be an inclusive movement and we must remember that we are all working toward the same goal – ending oppression and achieving equality.  That goal cannot be reached until oppression is ended and equality is achieved for all.

During this very important month, we hope that you will join us in our celebration and recognition of the achievements of these extraordinary women.

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About etsuwomenstudies

This blog is a collaborative effort from the students, faculty, and feminist souls in the East Tennessee State University Women's Studies Department. We simply want to share daily thoughts with the world and encourage not only feminist thought, but awareness, tolerance, diversity, equality, justice, and social progress. Women's Studies is an exciting, interdisciplinary area of study that celebrates women's lives. It examines how diverse women have contributed to history, social processes, culture, politics and economics, as well as how all of these have shaped women's experiences. Our program provides new ways of looking at common assumptions about femininity and masculinity and teaches students how to connect what they study with how they live and work. We also explore how gender intersects with ability, age, class, culture, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, and sexuality. Our Leadership through Diversity focus promotes a creative struggle for justice and equality. We train graduates to be leaders in both civic engagement and the workforce. The Women's Studies Program at ETSU is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff and socially conscious students coming together from a wide range of disciplines.

Posted on February 1, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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