In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America
November 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Baton Foundation, in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a lecture about the struggle Black women and girls faced in Antebellum America to secure their educational rights. This program is free to the public, but registration is required.
About the Book
In In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (New York University Press, 2019), Dr. Kabria Baumgartner explores the lives of Black girls and women who campaigned for their educational rights at a time when Black education was under siege in the nineteenth-century North.
These ambitious, purposeful, and thoughtful Black girls and women not only fought to democratize education by reversing policies of racial exclusion at schools and in the teaching profession, but also they sought to open up educational pathways for themselves and others. In doing so, they transformed public education in the North.
About the Author
Kabria Baumgartner is the Dean’s Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Northeastern University. She is a scholar of nineteenth-century African American history with a particular focus on women and education. Baumgartner’s first book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America has won four book prizes, including the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association.
Professor Baumgartner has also published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, and her op-ed pieces and other popular writing have been featured in The Washington Post and Historic New England Magazine. Dr. Baumgartner is writing her second book on the Black struggle for civil rights in nineteenth-century Boston.