Fellows' Presentation

The Glamorous Life: Socialite-Activists and the Black Freedom Struggle from World War II to the Age of Obama

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Part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Tanisha C. Ford RI '19

Free and open to the public.


While at Radcliffe, Tanisha C. Ford is working on the first economic history of the civil rights movement to explore how black women activists raised millions of dollars for movement organizations by hosting lavish galas, fashion shows, and beauty pageants for an interracial audience. Using glamour as a framework, she will reveal how their fundraising strategies have shaped much of the modern taste and etiquette culture and, ultimately, helped to elect the first black US president.