Ula Yvette Taylor
Our friends at NAAM - the Northwest African American Museum - start the new school year off with this evening featuring University of California, Berkeley professor Ula Taylor, who visits with her award-winning recent book, The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (University of North Carolina Press). Among this book’s honors: the 2018 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award (given by the Organization of American Historians) and the 2018 Letitia Woods Brown Prize, from the Association for Black Women Historians.
“While much has been written about the Nation of Islam, male-centered narratives of the most controversial and high-profile leaders have predominated. And yet, as Taylor demonstrates, without the work and foresight of women, the NOI would have been a far-less-effective organization. This study moves the women of the NOI from the periphery to the center to unveil layers of insight into the politics of black intimacy. It combines compelling storytelling of individual biographies and deft analysis of the larger cultural and political forces impacting the lives of ordinary black people using a rich treasure trove of archival records and interviews. This is a stellar contribution to gender studies, African American studies, and late twentieth-century U.S. history.”--Tera W. Hunter.
Presented by the Northwest African American Museum in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.