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Alumna Completes Book on Women of the Black Power Movement

November 2017

Spelman Alumna Ashley FarmerAshley Farmer, Ph.D., C’2006, is a historian of Black women's history, intellectual history, and radical politics. Her recently published book, "Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era," (UNC Press, 2017), is the first comprehensive study of Black women's intellectual production and activism in the Black Power era.

By examining Black women’s political, social, and cultural engagement with Black Power ideals and organizations, Dr. Farmer brings to the forefront issues of inequality and the assumption that sexism relegated Black women to the margins of the Black Power movement. Her book also demonstrates how progressive female activists fought for more inclusive understandings of Black Power and social justice by developing new ideas about Black womanhood.

Spelman Alumna Ashley Farmer“It is important to know about unsung women in order to have a fuller scope of our history and social movements,” said Dr. Farmer. “Learning about these women also helps us to better understand the range of strategies Black activists have employed to combat inequality and how these approaches might be useful to us today.”

Dr. Farmer, an assistant professor of history and African American studies at Boston University, earned her B.A. from Spelman, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in African American studies from Harvard University. She is the co-editor and curator of the Black Power Series with Ibram X. Kendi, published with NYU Press. Follow her on Twitter @drashleyfarmer.