Cornell University

This is a past event. Its details are archived for historical purposes.

The contact information may no longer be valid.

Please visit our current events listings to look for similar events by title, location, or venue.

Emancipation’s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Virtual Event

In her new book, Emancipation′s Daughters: Reimagining Black Femininity and the National Body (Duke University Press, 2021), Riché Richardson draws on literary texts and cultural representations to show how the work of five iconic black women, Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosa Parks, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, and Beyoncé, successfully challenged white-centered definitions of American identity and broke down barriers to Black women’s civic participation. 

In a live, virtual Chats in the Stacks book talk, Richardson, professor of African American literature in the Africana Studies and Research Center, discusses how—through a focus on motherhood, families, and children—each of these emblematic women defied dominant stereotypes and helped reconstruct ideas of Black womanhood. However,  Richardson also argues that these ideas were often premised on heteronormativity that excluded black queer and trans women, and she explores new possibilities for inclusive models of blackness, national femininity, and democracy.

A live Q&A will follow the talk. The audience is encouraged to submit their questions in the chat.



Dial-In Information

Please register through the following link:

Google Calendar iCal Outlook
Event Type

Author Appearance, Special Event, Presentation


Cornell University Library, Olin Library, Africana Library, Africana Studies and Research Center

University Themes



book, CUL, olin library, africal, fgsscal, lgbtstudiescal, amstcal


Contact E-Mail

Contact Name

Eveline Ferretti


Riché Richardson

Speaker Affiliation

Africana Studies and Research Center

Open To

Free and open to all

Recent Activity