Confronting Apartheid:Black Women’s Internationalism in South Africa and the United States

Grant, Nicholas (2021) Confronting Apartheid:Black Women’s Internationalism in South Africa and the United States. In: The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories. Routledge, pp. 274-283.

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Abstract

The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and the Rhodes Must Fall/Fees Must Fall protests in South Africa have sparked transnational dialogues that stress the need for a global analysis of racial oppression. This chapter demonstrates how an earlier generation of activists challenged racial oppression on both sides of the Atlantic. Specifically, it will trace the key role Black women played in connecting anti-racist activism in the United States and South Africa during the early years of apartheid. Eslanda Goode Robeson, Frieda Matthews, and groups such as the Sojourners for Truth and Justice and Federation of South African Women, all advanced a form of anticolonial politics that called attention to race, gender and class oppression across national borders. Through their travels, exchanges and community activism, each of these remarkable women defied the repressive power of the state to play a vital role in building the global anti-apartheid movement.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2021 00:33
Last Modified: 08 May 2021 23:35
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/78172
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