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Lectures, Films, Performances Highlight Women’s History Month at STLCC
February 24, 2014
St. Louis Community College will observe Women’s History Month with a variety of events at its campuses throughout March.
Activities at the Forest Park campus kick off Monday, March 3, with Priscilla Dowden-White, who will discuss the racial and gender dimensions of her book, “Groping toward Democracy: African-American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949.” The lecture will begins at 11 a.m. in Café West of the Student Center on campus, 5600 Oakland Ave. Dowden-White, associate professor in history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, also will talk about the dilemmas community organizers faced. She will explain how they pursued the goal of full, uncontested black citizenship while still seeking to maximize the benefits available to African-Americans in segregated institutions.
Also on March 3, the Meramec campus’ keynote address features sociocultural anthropologist Faye V. Harrison, who will present “Women Navigating the Politics of Rights and Justice from Local to Global Terrain: A Global Critical Race Feminist Perspective,” at 11 a.m. in the theatre on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road. Harrison will examines three cases of African-descended women in the United States, Brazil and Cuba who have taken their respective forms of gendered antiracist activism from protest and problem solving within their immediate communities to wider national and transnational arenas for setting agendas for social and economic justice. The lecture highlights the simultaneous and interlocking dimensions of difference and inequality that operate in contexts ranging from local to global spheres of identity, experience and collective action.
Florissant Valley’s keynote address will be delivered by Adrian E. Bracy, CEO for the YWCA Metro St. Louis, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre, 3400 Pershall Road. In her address, “Beating the Odds…My Journey to Success,” Bracy will discuss her career as an executive for both the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League, as well as her calling “to inspire and make a difference in the lives of women and girls.” She also will discuss how the YWCA mission, “eliminating racism and empowering women,” is the right fit at the right time in her career and life.
For a complete list of events, click here.
Women’s History Month originated as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed a resolution that authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as “Women’s History Week." In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed a resolution that designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”