By Vivian M. May
Vivian M. may perhaps explores the theoretical and political contributions of Anna Julia Cooper, a well known Black feminist student, educator and activist whose rules deserve way more awareness than they've got obtained. Drawing on Africana and feminist conception, may possibly locations Cooper's theorizing in its historic contexts and gives new how one can interpret the evolution of Cooper's visionary politics, subversive method, and defiant philosophical outlook. Rejecting notions that Cooper was once an elitist duped through dominant ideologies, might contends that Cooper's ambiguity, code-switching, and irony may be understood as recommendations of an intensive technique of dissent. could exhibits how throughout six a long time of labor, Cooper traced history's silences and delineated the workings of energy and inequality in an array of contexts, from technological know-how to literature, economics to pop culture, faith to the legislations, schooling to social paintings, and from the political to the non-public. may perhaps emphasizes that Cooper eschewed all kinds of mastery and known as for severe realization and collective motion at the a part of marginalized humans at domestic and in a foreign country. She concludes that during utilizing a border-crossing, intersectional technique, Cooper effectively argues for theorizing from event, develops inclusive equipment of liberation, and crafts a imaginative and prescient of a essentially egalitarian social imaginary.
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Co-founder, secretary, and member of the Washington Negro Folklore Society. Chair, NACW (National Association of Colored Women) Committee to study Georgia convict system (peonage/forced labor) and Florida state school laws (1895). Member, 1900 Pan-African Congress delegation from the United States and elected officer of the Congress’s Executive Committee. C. Member, Book Lovers’ Club, a literary association and political organization. , the Phyllis Wheatley Y, which was also the area’s first and only independent black YWCA.
In fact, when Cooper served as president of the university from 1930 to 1941, Lula Love Lawson would serve as vice president. Here again we see a perfect example of the public and private, intimate and professional, familial and educational, and the personal and political interwoven in Cooper’s life. 24 It was the first and only Black YWCA in the capital and very politically active. indb 31 1/25/07 1:11:02 PM 32 • Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist was supervisor of girls’ programming and co-founder and “Guardian” of the Camp Fire Girls.
Intentionally independent of federal monetary support and also of white social service “expertise,” it offered after-school programs, nursery school and daycare, savings accounts, food for infants, sports programs for girls, boys’ and girls’ clubs, summer camps, and more. Meanwhile, during her tenure as principal Cooper sought and received accreditation for M Street from elite universities in the Northeast (such as Harvard), which meant that graduates would no longer have to take entrance examinations to attend university; their M Street education was considered sufficiently rigorous to meet the most stringent entry standards.
Anna Julia Cooper, Visionary Black Feminist: A Critical Introduction by Vivian M. May