American History · womanhood

perception

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Tomorrow I meet some of my grad students in “Gender, Race and Urban Space” for the first time. Some of them I will see for the second time (we had a quick meeting before the semester began because of my out-of-town talk during the first week of school).

Writings by Gilbert Osofsky, Thomas Bender, Hazel Carby and Phoebe Robinson will – I hope – lead to a rich discussion about “perception.” Afterwards, they will see excerpts from one of my favorite motion pictures: Claudine for which Diahann Carroll was an Academy Award Best Actress nominee. The ending to the 1974 film is below. Talk about joy on the face of a black woman who just happens to be a mother and a wife.

What all in society is she responding to in this scene and others?

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