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Dr. Zinga Fraser Presents on Representatives Chisholm and Jordan at Columbia University

img_7762.jpgOn Thursday April 25th, Dr. Zinga Fraser joined an assembly of experts in the field of Africana Studies to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Institute of African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University.

Dr. Fraser was as a major participant in the first day of the conference, serving as a co-organizer of the event as well as the moderator of its opening roundtable discussion, From Theory to Praxis, Black Studies Beyond the Academy. Additionally, she gave a presentation during the second session of the conference, Intellectual Legacies of IRAAS Scholarship. Prof, Fraser presented on the transformative political work of pioneering congresswomen Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan.

The conference, entitled Free To Be Anywhere In the Universe–An International Conference on New Directions in the Study of the African Diaspora was organized by Dr. Fraser and her colleagues to reflect on the history of (IRAAS) and envision the future of African Diasporan research and public engagement. The Institute was founded in 1993 by the late Dr. Manning Marable. Dr. Fraser, who studied with Professor Marable as one of his students, received her Master’s degree at IRAAS and currently serves as Co-Chair of its Alumni Council.

For the opening Roundtable, she was joined by the following IRAAS alumni: Prof. Zaheer Ali of the Brooklyn Historical Society; Ms. Natasha Korgaonkar (Columbia University); Prof. Meghan Marcelin of Just LeadershipUSA; Mr. David Johns of the National Black Justice Coalition; and Prof. Carmen Thompson (Portland State University).

 

The participants Roundtable [from left]:Marcelin, Ali, Professor Farah Griffin (IRAAS Director) Korgaonkar; Thompson; Fraser; and Johns

 

Along with her fellow alumni, Dr. Fraser gave a presentation at thge second panel of the day. Her talk was entitled, Black Congressional Women’s Freedom Dreams: Redefining American Democracy.” During the presentation, she discussed the profound impact of the first Black women elected to U.S. Congress, their “refusal to be invisible,” as well as their struggle to contend with “everyday attacks on their humanity.”

 

Professor Fraser [center] giving her presentation, alongside Prof. Bruce [left] and Prof. Rickford [right].

 

Jordan and Chisholm, she told the audience, “strategically used the House floor, podiums, committee rooms…and dining halls to confront its members on sexism, racism and misogyny.” Unlike their foremothers who had to fight for freedom from the margins and “behind the scenes,” Chisholm and Jordan, according to Fraser, too up the challenge of bringing the freedom struggle directly into the formal halls of political power.

Shirley Chisholm became the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968 after a distinguished career as a school teacher, daycare administrator and NY state legislature. She was also the first woman and African-American to launch a serious national campaign for the presidency in 1972. She was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a lifelong champion for women, racial minorities, the working class, immigrants and children. For more information, please visit our page: WHO WAS SHIRLEY CHISHOLM?

Barbara Jordan became the second African American woman to ascend to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. She was also the first Black woman to serve in the House from the South. Before that, she had already made history as the first Black woman elected to Texas State since the Reconstruction Era. Among her many legislative accomplishments, Jordan served on the House Judiciary Committee, famously speaking before that body to articulate a moral argument in favor of the impeachment of Richard Nixon. In Congress, she fought discriminatory banking practices against the poor and racial minorities; she fought for immigration reform and for the renewal of voting rights protections. Aside for her speech before the Judiciary Committee, she is perhaps best known for giving the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention.

Being among the nation’s foremost experts in African American history, politics and congressional Black women, Dr. Fraser has already written extensively on these two phenomenal figures including articles such as ‘‘The Political Genius of Black Women”and “The Politics of Trauma: Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm’s Political Lives.” Furthermore, she is currently working on a highly-anticipated manuscript Sister Insider/ Sister Outsider: Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan Black Women’s Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era, which will go further into depth about Chisholm and Jordan’s role in forcing American democracy to change for the better.

On Thursday, Prof. Russell Rickford (Cornell University), Prof. La Marr Bruce (University of Maryland) and Prof. Natalie Shibley (University of Pennsylvania) also joined Prof. Fraser in speaking on their current research projects.

 

The participants of [from left]: Professors Griffin; Bruce; Fraser; Shibley and Rickford.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about the work of IRAAS, the development of the new African American and African Diaspora Studies Department at Columbia, or the work of Dr. Fraser, please visit the following websites:

http://iraas.columbia.edu

https://news.columbia.edu/content/new-department-builds-rich-african-diaspora-scholarship

https://www.zingafraser.com

Source: The Shirley Chisholm Project for Brooklyn Women’s Activism from 1945 to the Present

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Columbia University Interview of Zinga Fraser, PhD

Zinga A Fraser is the co-chair of Columbia’s IRAAS Alumni Council and has a PhD in African American Studies. She is an active supporter of Columbia University’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department. This new department will bring a fresh approach to the discipline at a crucial moment in race relations and black identity within our society. Currently Fraser teaches at Brooklyn College.

Learn more: New Department Builds on Rich African Diaspora Scholarship

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2017

Media Contact: Lisa Goodnight, goodnightl@aauw.org 202.785.7738

Assistant Professor Dr. Zinga A. Fraser Receives A Prestigious AAUW Award Named a 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow Awarded from one of the world’s oldest fellowship programs for women

AF-2017-18_Fraser_ZingaWASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2017–18 AAUW American Fellowship to Dr. Zinga Fraser. She is an Assistant Professor in Africana Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Brooklyn College.

American Fellowships, AAUW’s largest funding program, date back to 1888, making them one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowship programs in the world exclusively for women. AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“As an AAUW American Fellow I will be researching and working on my book manuscript entitled, Sister Insider/ Sister Outsider: Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, Black Women’s Politics in the Post Civil Rights Era.” Fraser said. “I am honored to receive this prestigious fellowship that will allow me to complete this most important and timely work on Black women’s politics. This work hopes to transform not only how we understand the political lives of Congresswomen Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan but also understand the ways in which Black women help us reimagine democracy in the U.S. ” she continued. This book will be the first comparative study of Black Congressional women.

Dr. Fraser is the Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project on Brooklyn Women’s Activism at Brooklyn College. Professor Fraser‘s work focuses on African American and Women’s Politics, Black Women’s History, U.S. social movements and Race and inequality. She has published works in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, the Association of Black Women’s Historians and Phillis: A Journal of African American Women’s History. As a former Congressional staffer on Capitol Hill her work engages the efforts by Black political leadership and African American communities to address institutional inequalities within public policy. Prof. Fraser received her B.A. from Temple University; M.A. from Columbia University; and Ph.D. in African American Studies from Northwestern University.

“AAUW American Fellows go on to do great things. Several have served as college or university presidents. Others have blazed new trails. I’m just in awe of them,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “AAUW is proud to award these prestigious fellowships to our newest class of scholars.”

For the 2017–18 academic year AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million through six fellowships and grants programs to 250 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888.

Read AAUW’s announcement about this year’s awards. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or email fellowships@aauw.org. ###

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more atand join us at www.aauw.org.

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