‘Ain’t I A Woman?’ A Discussion on the Black Woman, Voting Rights, and Feminism

This Tuesday, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will host ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’ A Discussion on the Black Woman, Voting Rights, And Feminism.

Sojourner Truth famously asked the question ‘Ain’t I a woman?’ However, for Black women supporting the feminist movement, that question still seems relevant. It’s impossible to separate our gender from our race, and that can leave us feeling left out and forgotten within the feminist movement. Tuesday’s discussion will be led by a group of advocates and professors from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and Virginia Tech University.

Take a look at the featured speakers and RSVP here to attend!

faith-b-harrisRev. Dr. Faith B. Harris is a minister, community organizer, and activist, as well as adjunct faculty for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University.

She teaches several courses for STVU’s Center for Lifelong Learning (Continuing Education) and in its Master of Divinity degree program. Among them are Systematic Theology and Creation Care and Grassroots Organizing, and the Church, and she has taught other practical theology courses for STVU as well. Dr. Harris volunteers for a number of interfaith and grassroots organizations, among them, Organizing for Action and Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. She is passionate about serving the faith community advocating for creation care and other justice issues to improve the quality of life and faith for all.

faye-belgraveDr. Faye Belgrave is a professor of Health Psychology and Social Psychology and the director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention.

Dr. Belgrave’s work is community and intervention focused and attends to aspects of culture (gender, ethnicity, age, and place) to promote well-being among African American youth and young adults. She works with community based agencies to identify and implement relevant programming and research. Recent projects provided culturally integrated substance abuse, HIV prevention, and sex education curriculum to African American college students and students attending middle school. Other recent projects evaluated HIV prevention intervention for African American women and the role of culture and community in tobacco and other drug use among African American youth, and more.

jennifer-turnerJennifer Turner is a PhD candidate in Sociology with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech University.

Jennifer Turner’s dissertation focuses on how low-income Black single mothers receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits interpret the nexus of motherhood, mothering, and employment, In her teaching and scholarship, Jennifer employs an intersectional perspective to illuminate the ways in which race, class, and gender (as well as other facets of social identity) are mutually constitutive, particularly in the lives of Black women. She demonstrates her passion and faith through the diverse activities of community organizing, teaching, public speaking, and ministry in the university, the community, and the church.


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