Keona K. Ervin
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7 p.m.
42 minutes 40 seconds (42:40)
In Gateway to Equality, author Keona K. Ervin investigates the struggle for economic justice of working-class black women in St. Louis, from the rise of New Deal liberalism in the 1930s to the social upheavals of the 1960s. During this period, many black citizens found themselves struggling financially and fighting for access to profitable jobs and suitable working conditions. To combat ingrained racism, crippling levels of poverty and sub-standard living conditions, many black women worked together to form a community-based culture of resistance fighting for employment, a living wage, dignity, representation and political leadership. Ervin will present an account of the ways in which these women creatively fused racial and economic justice, shedding light on an unexplored aspect of community activism and the complexities of the overlapping civil rights and labor movements in the first half of the 20th century.
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