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Mary Phillips: Black Women's Radical Healing Practices Against Carceral Violence in the 1970s

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 7, 2022. 05:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
Reframing Fashion Studies: Performance, Gender, and the Body
Meeting Description: 

Historian Mary Phillips draws on the radical healing practices of Black Panther Party veteran Ericka Huggins to analyze the work of the Sister Love Collective. The Sister Love Collective served as a multi-racial group co-founded by Huggins to support imprisoned women's medical, emotional, social, and political needs in the 1970s. In a carceral space designed to oppress women's bodies, they engaged modes of cultural production such as beauty, hair, and fashion to restore their womanhood and assert their sense of agency. The work of Sister Love offers a lens into the kinds of inventive political tactics utilized by black women activists of the 1960s and the 1970s. Their practices could be instructive today in prisons nationwide to help women restore themselves.

Mary Frances Phillips is a proud native of Detroit, Michigan. She is a scholar-activist, public intellectual, and associate professor of Africana studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. Her interdisciplinary research agenda focuses on race and gender in post-1945 social movements and the carceral state. Her research areas include the Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Black Feminism, and Black Power Studies. She was selected as a 2021-2022 award recipient for a faculty fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame and the American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship in 2018-2019. Currently, she is working on her book manuscript, Sister Love: Ericka Huggins, Spiritual Activism, and the Black Panther Party which is under contract with New York University Press’ Black Power Series. She has published journal articles in SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, the Women’s Studies Quarterly, the Western Journal of Black StudiesSpectrum: A Journal on Black Men, and the Syllabus Journal. She was the James and Grace Lee Boggs Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University. Her research has been supported by the American Association of University Women American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship, the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program with The City University of New York.

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