“Only Justice Can Stop a Curse”: Black Feminisms and Movements

Authors: LaToya Eaves*, Middle Tennessee State University
Topics: Geographic Thought
Keywords: Black Geographies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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“Only Justice Can Stop a Curse” resists sublimation of Black women within Black Freedom Struggles in and beyond the United States. Hegemonic narratives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights MovementTM have maintained complicity in heteropartriarchal structures, a contemporary interference in the Movement for Black Lives, subsequently lending Movements to barricade struggles with respectability politics and subordinate Black women’s contributions. By unsilencing the interplay of Black feminisms and space/place and by regarding the inextricability of race/gender/sexualities, the paper expands manifestations of civil rights, therefore disrupting the duplicitous violence against Black women - through objectification, displacement, dismissal, and erasure, even within struggles for “freedom”. In doing so, “Only Justice Can Stop a Curse” posits a pedagogy of possibilities, one that reconsiders notions of freedom, justice, and liberation and that makes imperative the centering Black women’s histories and experiences, calling attention to their ways of knowing and of producing space/place particularly as they have operated both within and outside of state-structured civil rights.

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