Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical by Vivian M. May

By Vivian M. May

Vivian M. could explores the theoretical and political contributions of Anna Julia Cooper, a well known Black feminist pupil, educator and activist whose principles deserve way more awareness than they've got obtained. Drawing on Africana and feminist idea, may perhaps areas Cooper's theorizing in its historic contexts and provides new how one can interpret the evolution of Cooper's visionary politics, subversive technique, and defiant philosophical outlook. Rejecting notions that Cooper was once an elitist duped through dominant ideologies, could contends that Cooper's ambiguity, code-switching, and irony can be understood as concepts of an intensive technique of dissent. could exhibits how throughout six a long time of labor, Cooper traced history's silences and delineated the workings of strength and inequality in an array of contexts, from technological know-how to literature, economics to pop culture, faith to the legislation, schooling to social paintings, and from the political to the non-public. might emphasizes that Cooper eschewed all different types of mastery and known as for serious cognizance and collective motion at the a part of marginalized humans at domestic and out of the country. She concludes that during utilizing a border-crossing, intersectional technique, Cooper effectively argues for theorizing from adventure, develops inclusive tools of liberation, and crafts a imaginative and prescient of a essentially egalitarian social imaginary.

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The BLC also founded Frelinghuysen University. Lifetime member, Phyllis Wheatley YWCA. Member, Wheatley YWCA Board of Directors. Chair, YWCA girls’ programs, and supervisor, Camp Fire Girls. C. 1906. C. for African Americans. It offered after-school programs, nursery school and daycare, savings accounts, boys and girls clubs and summer camps, and more. C. Camp Fire Girls. Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Omega Chapter. Founder (1930), Hannah Stanley Opportunity School . Member, NAACP. Member, National Association of Educators.

Indb 20 1/25/07 1:10:58 PM “A little more than ordinary interest in the underprivileged” • 21 her feminist analysis (see Hutchinson 104). A Voice was also known and admired by scholars and activists abroad. For instance, her friend and colleague, the “eminent West African statesman, Edward W. Blyden,” wrote from Sierra Leone to his friend, the Reverend Francis Grimké, about Cooper’s work. Blyden remarked, “‘I can never forget Anna J. Cooper, brilliant, thoughtful’” (in Kaplan x). Over a century later, A Voice is still in print and widely available, and Cooper continues to be appreciated for her contributions to Black feminist theory, particularly for her insightful analysis of the interlocking nature of race and sex politics and identities.

4); Cooper would later write a memoir about her and edit a collection of her writings. In addition, Cooper was close to Forten Grimké’s husband, the Reverend Francis Grimké, an advocate of racial equality and social change. He and Cooper would correspond regularly in the twenty years following Charlotte’s death, and upon his own death he would leave to Cooper all of Charlotte’s writings, diaries, letters, and journals. Moreover, Cooper was quite close to Ella D. Barrier, a colleague at M Street and a club movement activist.

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