Black Women and the Vote | October 23, 2020 at 3 pm

October 2, 2020



If you were unable to attend this panel, you can watch a recording of the discussion and Q and A here.

Register here for the virtual panel discussion "Black Women and the Vote." The discussion will focus on Black women’s political engagement and activism, including efforts to secure and protect voting rights, from a multidisciplinary perspective. Beginning with a discussion of the 14th Amendment as a precedent for the 19th Amendment and the work of Black women abolitionists in the 19th century, the discussion will go on to engage with early civil rights era activism, and culminate with a look at contemporary politics, including Black women’s leadership in the Democratic party and in movements for racial and gender justice. 


·         Françoise Hamlin, Associate Professor of Africana studies and History, Brown University

·         Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science, Brown University

·         Emily OwensDavid and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History, Brown University

Moderated by Tanya Katerí Hernández ’86, P’20, the Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Presented by the Pembroke Center and the Pembroke Center Associates. Co-sponsored by the Pembroke Club, the Inman Page Black Alumni Council, and the Women’s Leadership Council.

Register here to attend the panel discussion, which will take place via Zoom.

Francoise HamlinFrancoise HamlinFrançoise Hamlin is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Brown University. She earned her doctorate in African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University, her Masters from the University of London, and her B.A. from the University of Essex (both in United States Studies). The recipient of numerous fellowships and awards for scholarship, mentoring and teaching, Hamlin is the author of Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II (University of North Carolina Press, 2012), winner of the 2012 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize and the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award. These Truly Are The Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on Citizenship and War is a co-edited anthology published by the University of Florida Press in 2015. This book considers black patriotism over three centuries, tied to military participation. Hamlin’s new research focuses on youth, trauma, and activism.

Juliet HookerJuliet Hooker

Juliet Hooker is a professor of political science at Brown who specializes in racial justice, Latin American political thought, Black political thought, and Afro-descendant and indigenous politics in Latin America. She is the author of Race and the Politics of Solidarity which asks “How can we create political solidarity when racial and cultural diversity are more or less permanent?” Unlike the tendency to claim that the best way to deal with the problem of racism is to abandon the concept of race altogether, Hooker argues that coming to terms with the lasting power of racial identity is the starting point for any political project attempting to achieve solidarity. In her recent award-winning book Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos, Hooker argues that Latin American and U.S. ideas about race were not developed in isolation, but grew out of transnational intellectual exchanges across the Americas as nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S. and Latin American thinkers each looked to political models in the “other” America to advance racial projects in their own countries. Hooker’s current research project examines the politics of loss. 

Emily OwensEmily OwensEmily A. Owens is the David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History at Brown University, and works on histories of race, gender and sexuality. Her first book, The Fantasy of Consent: Sex, Affect, and Commerce in 19th Century New Orleans surfaces the survival strategies of women of color whose lives were bound by sexual labor under slavery, and is forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press. Her work has appeared in Louisiana History, Feminist Formations, The Black Scholardifferences and Signs: Journal of Women, Culture and Society. In addition to her appointment in History, Owens also acts as a faculty fellow at the Brown Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.

Tanya K. HernándezTanya K. HernándezModerator Tanya K. Hernández ’86, P’20 is the Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and an internationally recognized comparative race law expert. She received her A.B. from Brown and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She has previously served as a Law and Public Policy Affairs Fellow at Princeton University, a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University; a Faculty Fellow at the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality; and an Independent Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Hernandez's work has been published in numerous university law reviews (Cornell, Harvard, N.Y.U., U.C. Berkeley, Yale) and in news outlets like the New York Times, among others. She is the author of Multiracials and Civil Rights: Mixed-Race Stories of Discrimination from NYU Press, and On Latino Anti-Black Bias: "Racial Innocence" and the Struggle for Equality, forthcoming from Beacon Press. Hernández is also a member of the Pembroke Center Associates Council.