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Vanguard: How African American Women Led the Movement for Voting Rights

Please join us for this alternative offering of our traditional Francis Scott Key Lecture Series.

FSK from Home

Presented by Martha S. Jones, PhD

Today, African American women are an organized and consequential facet of our body politic. How did they get here? To understand their story is to understand the politics of our own time, setting aside old narratives and learning about the future through black women’s ongoing quest for rights. Vanguard, a new book by Martha S. Jones, tells how they built their movement, which was plagued by ridicule and resistance, and extended to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Dr. Martha S. Jones is a Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a writer, commentator, researcher, and historian whose work is permeated by the intersections of race, gender, law, and history. Martha’s most recent book, Vanguard. How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All is a new history of African American women’s political lives in America.

This virtual program is free and open to all audiences. Registration is required. After registering for the program, attendees will receive an automated confirmation email with connection instructions. 

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