Black Women Intellectuals: The Educational Philosophy of Lucy D. Slowe

Date / Time

March 16, 2021

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Join the UIC Women’s Leadership and Resource Center and Gender and Women’s Studies for a presentation by UIC History Ph.D. student Sekordri Ojo:

The history of African American education has neglected to analyze how gender has influenced the development of education. The experiences and contributions of Black women educators remain under-researched. Historians have yet to fully acknowledge the Black women who did take up space as leaders in education. Furthermore, rarely are the ideas, philosophies, and theories of these women held as sacred or influential. Thus, the purpose of this research is to center the intellectual ideas of Black women within the history of African American Education.

Centering the educational philosophy of Lucy Diggs Slowe this paper argues that while African American education may have been racialized, it has also been gendered. By ignoring the intellectual contributions of Black women, we ignore how their gender impacted their educational experiences, their philosophies about education, and how they influenced educational ideas and practices. Slowe helps us to realize that throughout American history education has been a demarcation of free and enslaved, and citizen and non-citizen, and that this history is racialized and also gendered.

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The presentation will be followed by a response from a UIC faculty member as well as audience Q&A.

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WLRC’s Feminisms Lunch Lectures series offers faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars, and activists an opportunity to present their projects, ideas, and works-in-progress on a wide range of topics and engage participants in lively and provocative discussion. For the Spring 2021 semester, WLRC is partnering with the Gender and Women’s Studies department to feature UIC graduate students whose current research, creative, or community projects engage feminist movements and scholarship.

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