Edited by Corinne T. Field and LaKisha Michelle Simmons
Contributions by S E Duff, Crystal Lynn Webster, Tara Bynum, Anasa Hicks, Lindsey Elizabeth Jones, SA Smythe, Nastassja E Swift, Jennifer L Palmer, Nazera Sadiq Wright, Cynthia R Greenlee, Vanessa D Plumly, Najya A Williams, Katharine Capshaw, Dara Walker, Shani Roper, Janaé E Bonsu, Beverley Palesa Ditsie, Phindile Kunene, Denise Oliver-Velez, Claudrena N. Harold, Ruth Nicole Brown and Casidy Campbell
Published by: University of Illinois Press
312 pages, 156.00 x 235.00 x 20.00 mm, 13 color photographs, 6 black & white photographs
The Global History of Black Girlhood boldly claims that Black girls are so important we should know their histories. Yet, how do we find the stories and materials we need to hear Black girls’ voices and understand their lives? Corinne T. Field and LaKisha Michelle Simmons edit a collection of writings that explores the many ways scholars, artists, and activists think and write about Black girls' pasts. The contributors engage in interdisciplinary conversations that consider what it means to be a girl; the meaning of Blackness when seen from the perspectives of girls in different times and places; and the ways Black girls have imagined themselves as part of a global African diaspora.
Thought-provoking and original, The Global History of Black Girlhood opens up new possibilities for understanding Black girls in the past while offering useful tools for present-day Black girls eager to explore the histories of those who came before them.
Contributors: Janaé E. Bonsu, Ruth Nicole Brown, Tara Bynum, Casidy Campbell, Katherine Capshaw, Bev Palesa Ditsie, Sarah Duff, Cynthia Greenlee, Claudrena Harold, Anasa Hicks, Lindsey Jones, Phindile Kunene, Denise Oliver-Velez, Jennifer Palmer, Vanessa Plumly, Shani Roper, SA Smythe, Nastassja Swift, Dara Walker, Najya Williams, and Nazera Wright
Corinne T. Field, a Lecturer in the Corcoran Department of History and Women, Gender, Sexuality Program at the University of Virginia, is the author of The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America.
"An indispensable volume highlighting the histories of Black girls and girlhood." --Ms. Magazine
"The essays collected in The Global History of Black Girlhood are groundbreaking, delivering history lessons with present-day implications." --Foreword Reviews
"What we now have is a book that interrogates how we find black girls, focusing on sources, epistemology, and scholarship. The editors have created a volume that expresses the full spectrum of black girl humanity--the repression and oppression with the joy and moments of pleasure. A foundational anthology in an emerging field."--Françoise N. Hamlin, author of Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II