University of Rochester

EVENT: Work in Progress Seminar on gender and race among auto workers in Detroit with David Lewis-Colman, postdoctoral fellow at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

April 15, 2004

David Lewis-Colman, postdoctoral fellow at the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, will discuss how gender shaped the activism of black auto workers in Detroit at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus.

His talk titled “Our Men Are Fighting: Gender and Black Power among Detroit’s Auto Workers” will examine the politics of civil rights and how it played out inside the automobile plants of Detroit from the 1940s to the 1970s. The role of masculinity was critical in defining civil rights politics inside the auto plants, but African-American women sought to expand the definition of the city’s labor-based civil rights struggles. For them, racial and gender equality linked the workplace and the community.

The presentation by Lewis-Colman, who earned his doctoral degree in history from the University of Iowa, is part of the Frederick Douglass Institute’s Work in Progress Seminar Series, a multi-disciplinary seminar on topics related to Africa and its Diaspora.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7235.




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