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Reclaiming the Black Past: Black Women in Pacific Northwest History

Monday, June 14 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Virtual Event

Don’t miss the final History Pub Talk of the year!

“Reclaiming the Black Past: Black Women in Pacific Northwest History”

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica, visiting assistant professor, UO Department of History

Liva via Zoom (RSVP required)

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Professor Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica is a scholar of African American history whose research centers on Black women and politics in the American West. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Washington and has spent the last two years as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Gonzaga University. She is currently completing revisions on a book manuscript, Black Emeralds: African American Women’s Activism and Politics in Seattle, which explores the political engagement, resistance strategies, and community building efforts of Black women across the twentieth-century. This activism went well beyond formal politics and the fight for women’s suffrage, extending into unions, businesses, social services, and community organizations. Cobbins-Modica is attentive to the diversity of approaches taken by African American women activists, who were sometimes at odds with one another even when fighting similar forms of oppression and exclusion. While illuminating African American history in the Pacific Northwest, Black Emeralds offers an expansive new interpretation of the relationship between women’s activism, the Civil Rights movement, and public service.

This event is cosponsored by the University of Oregon’s Department of History, Lane County History Museum, and Viking Braggot Co.