Women's History Month is the designated month worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Join the GBC for our Women's History Month webinar "Black Women and Activism". Nicole Pearson, from our Madrid, Spain chapter, reprises and expands the presentation she gave at this years EMEA conference.
About the webinar: Black Women and Activism - Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round: In her rousing Golden Globes call to action Oprah Winfrey touched on the often overlooked aspect of Black female political engagement. By telling the story of Recy Taylor she rightly places that activism in its proper context, the brutal sexual violence they faced in the Jim Crow south. By sharing Taylor's story she highlights black women´s consistent and organized resistance to that sexual terrorism. But even as Oprah tells us about Rosa Parks´ work as an anti-sexual violence activist, she neglects to explain the reason and driving force behind the Montgomery Bus boycott. That boycott was mass action planned, organized and executed by Black women in response to the sexual harassment and abuse they experienced on the buses. While men where the face of the Civil Rights movement, the majority of workers and organizers were black women. Come join me this Sunday as we set the record straight by highlighting the integral role black women have played and continue to play in US politics and how that activism was sparked by their courageous and healing response to sexualized violence. From Fannie Lou Hamer to Patrisse Khan Cullors come learn the names and stories of these amazing women and how their lessons can help us move the political conversation from hate towards healing and justice.
About the speaker: Nicole Pearson is an activist, writer, teacher and entrepreneur who moved to Spain to study flamenco dance. Born in New York City, raised in Anchorage, Alaska Nicole studied African American studies at Howard University with focus on African American political movements from slavery to the present. She currently helms a wine and travel business, Nicole Angela Travel and Taste, leads a course on intercultural adaptation for Tufts University study abroad program in Madrid and gives talks and workshops on African American political movements and organizing strategies.