Dr. E. Patrick Johnson will present the talk “Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History” Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House.
It will be followed by a Q and A session, moderated by Dr. Tara T. Green (Linda Carlisle Excellence Professor, UNCG) and Dr. Valerie Johnson (Mott Professor of Africana Women’s Studies, Bennett College).
Drawn from the life narratives of more than seventy African American queer women who were born, raised, and continue to reside in the American South, Johnson’s book, published in 2018 by UNC Press, powerfully reveals the way these women experience and express racial, sexual, gender, and class identities – all linked by a place where such identities have generally placed them on the margins of society. Using methods of oral history and performance ethnography, the work vividly enriches the historical record of racialized sexual minorities in the South and brings to light the realities of the region’s thriving black lesbian communities.
A native of North Carolina, E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University and author of “Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South.”
The talk is hosted by the UNCG Women and Gender Studies program, and co-sponsored by the UNCG English Department and the UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC).
It will be followed by book signing.
Editor’s note: An early calendar listing included a different date. This event is confirmed for Oct. 8.