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Lauren Eglen

Research Student, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time)

Research Summary

My project explores how Freedomways magazine constituted an important tool for Black women's activism in the Black Freedom Struggle. It provided a vehicle for the continuation of Old Left women's activism with Esther Cooper Jackson and Shirley Graham in leadership roles from the magazine's inception, as well as Augusta Jackson, Dorothy Burnham and Ruby Dee as part of the initial collective. Freedomways was a tool that enabled Black women to communicate and educate readers through new and established activist networks cultivated by the Old Left, these networks were sustained particularly through the efforts of Black women. The ways in which Black women utilised Freedomways as a space for their activism will be unpacked throughout the thesis - the chapters will answer the question of how black women's activism is engaged within Freedomways and how the magazine was used as a tool in the freedom struggle. To do so, my project analyses Black women's leadership on the editorial board, the articulation of a Black international feminism, and the magazine's promotion of established and emerging Black female artists and writers.

Research Interests

Twentieth Century US Social Movements; Civil Rights Movement; Black Power Movement; Second Wave Feminist Movement; African American History; Women's History

Research Supervisor/s

Professor Peter Ling

Dr Karen Salt

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Additional Information

MA Race and Resistance, University of Leeds

BA (Hons) History, University of Leeds

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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