Coordinating Council for Women in History 1
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians 1
African American Intellectual History Society 1
This panel highlights the diverse ideas and political activities of several black women including Mary Church Terrell, Muriel Snowden, Dona Richards, and Fannie Lou Hamer, whose transnational activism remains largely unexplored. The panel demonstrates how these women, from various economic backgrounds and in different geographical locations, all shared a global racial consciousness, which served as a basis to their activism. The panel explores how race, gender, economic background, and national identity modulate the ways in which these women developed that global consciousness, and how their experiences translated on a personal, community, national, and international level. It seeks to complicate our understanding of the role of black women as actors in the international political arena. By employing a variety of research methodologies, the three papers foreground black women’s voices and reveal the importance of women in shaping black internationalist movements and discourses in the United States and beyond.