The Charles Augustus Thompson Lecture Series: Leadership and Diversity in Action consists of a twice per semester series of talks by scholars who are contributing to current literature on diversity broadly stated, with particular reference to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and identity. It is hosted by the Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.
That’s Not What the Black Family Is:
Combating Negative Images, Empowerment and Employing the Family Reunion Model at the New Millennium
Dr. Krystal D. Frazier completed her Ph.D. at Rutgers University and is Assistant Professor of History at West Virginia University, where she arrived after completing a Northeast Consortium for Faculty Diversity Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Rochester. Her research examines the historical economic and political import of African American familial culture and involves oral history, family reunion visits, and interdisciplinary methodology. She is also interested in the evolution of African American identity and the history of fashion politics.
Black family reunions are more than the t-shirts, food, and fun that come to mind for many participants and observers. Frazier will explore the black nationalist roots of the “family reunion explosion” and the ways in which late-twentieth century activists used the familiar “family reunion model” to advance various economic and political initiatives, while the increased visibility and commercialization of reunions forced reassessments of the meaning of formal family gatherings and challenged familial identity at the dawn of the new millennium.