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New Yorker Quotes LAS Distinguished Professor Barbara Ransby

Mar 28, 2016
A New Yorker article about the Black Lives Matter Movement and its modern development quotes Gender and Women’s Studies Professor Barbara Ransby for her insight on community activism.

The article notes, “Barbara Ransby, a professor of history and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who wrote a biography of Baker, told me that, during the nineteen-forties, when Baker was a director of branches for the N.A.A.C.P., ‘she would go into small towns and say, ‘Whom are you reaching out to?’ And she’d tell them that if you’re not reaching out to the town drunk you’re not really working for the rights of black people. The folk who were getting rounded up and thrown in jail had to be included.”

To read the full New Yorker article, click here.