Treva Lindsey, "Building a Chocolate City: African American Women in Jim Crow Washington, D.C."

Smith-Buonanno 106, 95 Cushing Street, Providence RI 02912

Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington, D.C. explores the untold history of Black women in the nation’s capital who transformed the burgeoning city into a Black intellectual, cultural, and political center. Black women living in and migrating to Washington during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries fought to create new spaces, institutions, culture industries, and organizations committed to evolving ideas about freedom and equality. This talk will hone in on a few of these Black Washington women who cultivated distinct spaces for Black women to challenge racial, gender, and sexual oppression during the New Negro era.

Free and open to the public. Light reception and book signing to follow.


Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics.  Her first book is Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C is a Choice 2017 “Outstanding Academic Title. She has published in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Souls, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, African American Review, The Journal of African American History, Meridians: Feminism, Race, TransnationalismUrban Education, The Black ScholarFeminist Studies, and Signs. She was the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellow at Harvard University (2016-2017). She is a 2018-2018 Du Bois Non-Residential Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently working on her next book project tentatively titled, Hear Our Screams: Black Women, Violence, and The Struggle for Justice. She is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University, the National Women’s Studies Association, the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant, the Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Missouri and the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. Dr. Lindsey was the inaugural recipient of the University of Missouri Faculty Achievement in Diversity Award. She is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection on the future of Black Popular Culture Studies (NYU Press). She is building a strong online presence by guest contributing to traditional and digital forums such as Al Jazeera, BET, Complex Magazine, Vox, The Root, The Grio and Cosmopolitan.

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