Honoring the Legacy of Black Women Radicals Gloria Richardson and Mae Mallory
Black women who were at the forefront of the Black Revolt in the 1960s have been omitted from the history books. The time is ripe to recover their stories.
Ashley Farmer is recovering the story of New York’s Mae Mallory, including her courageous fight for freedom from the Harlem Nine to the Monroe self-defense movement.
Joseph Fitzgerald is recovering the story of New York’s Gloria Richardson from the militant Cambridge Movement in Maryland to her alliance with Malcolm X, Dick Gregory and Jesse Gray in ACT. If Mae Mallory was a two-fisted fighter when the police attacked the Patrice Lumumba protest at the United Nations, then Malcolm X identified Gloria Richardson as the paradigm for the Grassroots in the Black Revolution.
Finally, we're honored to announce that we will be joined by Gloria Richardson herself. You won't want to miss this chance to hear from and honor one of our fiercest fighters for Black freedom. Join us at 6pm on December 1 at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Ashley FarmerBoston University
Ashley Farmer is an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University. She is a graduate of Spelman College and holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and an M.A. in History from Harvard University.
Her manuscript, What You’ve Got is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power, is the first comprehensive intellectual history of women in the black power movement. The book introduces new and overlooked women activists into the history of black power, examines the depth and breath of their political and intellectual engagement, and shows the relationship between women’s gendered theorizing and the trajectory of the black power movement.
She is also the author of several articles about African American women’s black power activism and intellectual production and her research interests include African American history, gender history, and intellectual history. Her research has been supported by Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Texas-Austin and the Wisconsin Historical Society. It has also been featured on the History Channel.
Joseph FitzgeraldCabrini College
Gloria RichardsonSNCC and former leader of the Cambridge movement