By Vivian M. May
Vivian M. may well explores the theoretical and political contributions of Anna Julia Cooper, a well known Black feminist pupil, educator and activist whose rules deserve way more consciousness than they've got got. Drawing on Africana and feminist conception, may well areas Cooper's theorizing in its old contexts and provides new how one can interpret the evolution of Cooper's visionary politics, subversive technique, and defiant philosophical outlook. Rejecting notions that Cooper used to be an elitist duped via dominant ideologies, may possibly contends that Cooper's ambiguity, code-switching, and irony could be understood as techniques of an intensive technique of dissent. may perhaps exhibits how throughout six a long time of labor, Cooper traced history's silences and delineated the workings of strength and inequality in an array of contexts, from technology to literature, economics to pop culture, faith to the legislation, schooling to social paintings, and from the political to the non-public. may well emphasizes that Cooper eschewed all types of mastery and known as for severe cognizance and collective motion at the a part of marginalized humans at domestic and overseas. She concludes that during utilizing a border-crossing, intersectional method, Cooper effectively argues for theorizing from event, develops inclusive tools of liberation, and crafts a imaginative and prescient of a essentially egalitarian social imaginary.
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For instance, Mary Helen Washington describes A Voice as “the most precise, forceful, well-argued statement of black feminist thought to come out of the nineteenth century” (xxvii). As a speaker, Cooper was invited to address a wide range of audiences. For example, she spoke about institutionalized discrimination in the church and called for equitable education in terms of both race and gender before the national convention of African American Episcopal clergymen in 1886. In 1890 Cooper addressed the National Association of Educators’ convention, emphasizing the need for women to pursue higher education, particularly African American women.
For example, her well-known volume A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South, the “first book-length feminist analysis of the condition of African Americans” (Guy-Sheftall, “Evolution” 8), was published in 1892. The 1890s constituted a period of “ferment of black female intellectual activity” (Carby, Reconstructing 96), in terms of both publishing and public advocacy or activism. In fact, Frances Smith Foster (179) names 1892 “the midwife to modern American literature,” the year not only of the publication of Cooper’s A Voice from the South, but also of Lucy A.
As Leona C. Gabel explains, “Frelinghuysen was an effort to fill a serious need. [I]n the thirties, Anna Cooper drew attention to the shrinking of educational opportunities [for African Americans]. Out of seven full-time universities in Washington there was but one [Black] institution; and in a list of eighty-eight part-time colleges and special schools, not one would admit [an African American]” (71). Frelinghuysen operated small, satellite neighborhood campuses around Washington, offered classes at night and on weekends, and granted both undergraduate and graduate professional degrees (in social work, nursing, pharmacy, and law) and degrees in traditional liberal arts subjects such as history, theology, and fine arts, as well as high school equivalency courses and business courses.
Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction by Vivian M. May