Ula Y. Taylor, Ph.D. will be the 2018 BRIDGE Lecture speaker at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the Sinquefeld Stateroom, DuBourg Hall.
Taylor will present, “Sun-Wrapped Beauty: Sonia Sanchez and the Nation of Islam,” where she will talk about why the revolutionary poet Sonia Sanchez joined the Nation of Islam (NOI) after the assassination of Minister Malcolm X. Taylor will discuss similarities between Sanchez’s biography and those of other political activists. Like other those of other activists, Sanchez's conversion narrative was a complicated endeavor filled with desperate longings for love, protection and respect in the United States.
Taylor is the author of The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam, and The Veiled Garvey: The Life and Times of Amy Jacques Garvey. She also co-authored Panther: A Pictorial History of the Black Panther Party and The Story Behind the Film. Taylor is also the co-editor of Black California Dreamin’: The Crisis of California African American Communities. Her articles on African American women’s history and feminist theory have appeared in the Journal of African American History, Journal of Women’s History, Feminist Studies, SOULS, and other academic journals and edited volumes. In 2013 she received the Distinguished Professor Teaching Award for the University of California, Berkeley. She is the second African American woman in the history of that university to receive the award.
The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Taylor’s talk is sponsored by the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, African American Studies Program and the SLU Office for Diversity and Community Engagement.