Race, Gender, and Jim Crow Lecture Series- Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson at Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum

Event Description

Join us for the last installment in our fall "Race, Gender, and Jim Crow" Lecture Series.

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson of Bennett College will present her talk, "Resisting Oppression, Refusing False Identities: Black North Carolinian Responses to Jim and Jane Crow."

Lectures take place in Kimball Hall and begin at 6:30pm. All lectures are FREE.

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson is Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco; M.A. in Sociology from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University); and B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Johnson has also completed doula training focused especially on women of color.

Her research conducted in Costa Rica, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, the Seychelles Islands and the US, center on gender, bioethics, disability, the health of women and girls, and environmental justice. In addition she has published and given lectures in these research areas. In North Carolina, Dr. Johnson conducts research on both African American foodways and African Americans attitudes toward and experiences with “nature spaces” with special emphasis on Black women’s garden clubs. Her speaking engagements include this work as well as public commentary on the issue of confederate monuments on public lands.

Dr. Johnson chairs the  North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, serves on the North Carolina Historical Commission, National Register Advisory Committee and is member of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN), North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) Board of Directors, Scarritt Bennett Center Board of Directors (Nashville, Tennessee), the Ms. Committee of Scholars and an advisor on the Humanities Action Lab’s initiative on climate change, immigration/migration and environmental justice, and serves as an advisory member for Scarritt Bennett Center’s Racial Justice Initiative.