Elma Taught Us

Living Theory: On Elma Lewis’ Black Feminist Political Praxis by Judy Pryor-Ramirez

It was a bright and crisp Sunday morning in Baltimore. I just finished my panel presentation at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference (NWSA). Before boarding my train, I walked from my hotel to Saturday Morning Cafe. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I was attracted by the mouth-watering photos and the high praise in online reviews.
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What Elma Left Us by Zoë Gadegbeku

A quick online search for Elma Lewis will reveal an archive of photographs of Elma Lewis caught with various impassioned expressions on her face. In one memorable frame, she is mid-laugh with the legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington leaning over her shoulder, her signature bun pulled to the top of her head. Elma Lewis was
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Breaking Down the House by Zoe Gadegbeku

The night Beyoncé’s Lemonade visual album burst into my life, I scribbled page upon page of notes when I should have been putting myself to bed. I wrote down quotes from Warsan Shire’s poetry that served as the narration for the entire film, the familiar verses from her poetry collection and the new lines I
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In Plain Sight: Reclaiming the Work of Hidden Figures by Judy Pryor-Ramirez

As February’s Black History Month comes to a close and we gear up for Women’s Herstory Month in March, I am struck by this particular juncture. This annual moment on our academic calendars illustrates my life — moving through the world at the intersection of race and gender. Because of this juncture, it is no
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