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Author Talk: Allener M Baker-Rogers & Fasaha M. Traylor | "THEY CARRIED US: The Social Impact of Philadelphia's Black Women Leaders"

Thu, Nov 05, 2020 | 2:00 pm

Join us for a discussion with authors Fasaha M. Traylor and Allener Baker-Rogers. Their book, They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia’s Black Women Leaders, will introduce you to some of Philadelphia’s fiercest Black women leaders, ranging from the first Black woman known to be born in Philadelphia (1694) to the woman whose childhood experiences led her to become a surgeon and medical advisor to celebrities. All of the women “bring it” as activists— in community and movement work, business and civic institutions, education, faith, medicine, law and government, journalism, sports, and the arts. They have had larger-than-life impacts on the city, the country, and the world.

Historical research and original interviews of contemporary women place Philadelphia’s Black women on center stage, showing how their efforts snowballed into a Philadelphia community of women which spanned geographies, sectors, and time.

The words of the book’s contemporary women are memorable. One woman observed that if the authors “had not written this book it wouldn’t have been done.” Another said, “This is who Black women are. Not just me, but Black women.” The authors’ experiences as activists, researchers, and educators—and of frequently being the “only Black women in the room”— fills the book not just with facts, but with genuine empathy.

This program is part of the Black Lives Always Mattered! public program series at the Blockson Collection, which is made possible through the support of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grant.

This program will be presented via Zoom. To attend the program, use this link: https://temple.zoom.us/j/97717122821

Contact Leslie Willis-Lowry at lwillis@temple.edu with questions.