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spring with the city in view

Yesterday I finally saw “Queen of Katwe,” a motion picture about an African girl who becomes a chess champion. I was struck by the power surrounding the word “city” as her instructor shared stories of how he felt alongside seemingly better chess players who resided in urban spaces. I was reminded again of the importance… Continue reading spring with the city in view

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Edited collection sheds light on Alabama women and girls

On August 19,  1870, or roughly about 146 years ago this coming week, Carrie Leonteen Townsend, an African American college student, sat down to write a letter to her uncle Thomas Townsend. Carrie lived in Brookhaven, Mississippi. She was returning to school in New Orleans. She shared that and news about a visiting cousin. Before… Continue reading Edited collection sheds light on Alabama women and girls

higher education · teaching · women's history

on friendship, “woman” and the West

Okay, so the Miami Heat didn’t beat Toronto. I saw as much while waiting in Denver’s airport yesterday.  A Lebron-DWade match up would have been nice. Having just had a great time at the 48th Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) meeting, I was not entirely bummed though. At this conference, I was reminded of… Continue reading on friendship, “woman” and the West