Black Women in History and Struggle
Often overlooked in historical scholarship, Black women's perspectives can transform our understanding of US and social movement history. Join Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross, and Jeanne Theoharis in a discussion of their new books on Black women in history and struggle.
Daina Ramey BerryUniversity of Texas at Austin
Daina Ramey Berry is the Chair of the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professorship of History and is a Fellow of Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and the George W. Littlefield Professorship in American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly the Associate Dean of The Graduate School, Dr. Berry lead a campus-wide initiative to transform funding, student outcomes, and career pathways at the university. One of her greatest passions has been training doctoral students in African American History.
In addition to her work at the university as an administrator and internationally recognized scholar of slavery, Professor Berry is one of the most sought-after consultants for public-facing projects offered by museums, historical sites, K-12 educational initiatives, syndicated radio programs, online podcasts, and public television. Professor Berry completed her BA, MA, and PhD in African American Studies and U.S. History at the University of California Los Angeles. She is “a scholar of the enslaved” and a specialist on gender and slavery as well as Black women’s history in the United States.
Professor Berry completed her BA, MA, and PhD in African American Studies and U.S. History at the University of California Los Angeles. She is “a scholar of the enslaved” and a specialist on gender and slavery as well as Black women’s history in the United States. Berry is the award-winning author and editor of six books and several scholarly articles. One of her recent books, The Price for their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to the Grave, in the Building of a Nation received three book awards including the Phyllis Wheatley Award for Scholarly Research from the Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage.
Dr. Berry has received prestigious fellowships for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the American Council of Learned Societies; the American Association of University Women and the Ford Foundation. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her work has been, featured in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post.
Professor Berry is the associate editor for The Journal of African American History and recently completed A Black Women's History of the United States with Professor Kali Nicole Gross.
Kali Nicole GrossEmory University
Kali Nicole Gross is a Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She is also the National Publications Director for the Association of Black Women Historians, 2019-2021, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Her expertise and opinion pieces have been featured in press outlets including Vanity Fair, TIME, The Root, BBC News, Ebony, HuffPo, Warscapes, The Washington Post, and Jet. Her award-winning books include, Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910, winner of the 2006 Leticia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, and, Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence in America, winner of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction. Her latest book, co-authored with Daina Ramey Berry, is A Black Women’s History of the United States.
Her numerous grants and fellowships include the prestigious Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in 2007 and 2000, and the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, hosted at Princeton University in 2001-2002. She was selected to be a Public Voices Fellow for The Op-Ed Project, 2014-2015.
Jeanne TheoharisBrooklyn College CUNY
Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Her book, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, won a 2014 NAACP Image Award. She is the author of A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. She and Komozi Woodard have edited several collections of scholarship on the Black Freedom Struggle, including Freedom North: Black Freedom Struggles Outside of the South, 1940-1980, Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Movements in America, Want to Start A Revolution?: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle with Dayo Gore, and The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle Outside of the South with Brian Purnell.
Theoharis is the author of numerous books and articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, Slate, Salon, the Intercept, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Her most recent book, written with Brandy Colbert, is The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers Edition.