Join us as we welcome Brittney Cooper in conversation with Page May and Monica Trinidad of The Lit Review podcast. The focus of this event is Brittney's forthcoming book, ELOQUENT RAGE: A BLACK FEMINIST DISCOVERS HER SUPERPOWER. The conversation, which will be recorded for The Lit Review podcast, will be followed by an audience Q&A, and book-signing.
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Far too often, Black women's anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. Brittney Cooper's ELOQUENT RAGE shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women's eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. Its what makes Beyoncé's girl power anthems resonate so hard. It's what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don't have to settle for less.
In ELOQUENT RAGE, Cooper, a Black woman who has come to peace with her rage, shows that what Black women get collectively angry about are the things all Americans should be angry about. It is Black women who stand up and protest when the police kill Black citizens with impunity, robbing them of due process. It is Black women who tried to stand up to the rise of Donald Trump withholding their votes for him to the tune of 94%. At the core of Black womens anger is the kind of honesty and clarity that comes from legitimate and righteous outrage.
ELOQUENT RAGE is about the power of rage to be a clarifying and essential political resource in a shifting political landscape. This anger points us to the ugliest, but perhaps the most powerful and transformative truths about American democracy, and about what it will take to make this place more just for all.
BRITTNEY COOPER writes a popular monthly column on race, gender and politics for Cosmopolitan. A professor of Womens and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University, she co-founded the Crunk Feminist Collective. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Ebony.com, and The Root.com, among many others. She received the Black Feminist Rising Award from Black Womens Blueprint and the Newswomens Club of New York Award for best blogging.
PAGE MAY and MONICA TRINIDAD are Chicago-based organizers and co-hosts of The Lit Review podcast. Sparked by a moment of urgency in November of 2016, May and Trinidad recognized that mass political education was key to keeping movements moving forward and uphill together. Every week, they chat with people they love and respect about relevant books to our current political moment. Think spark notes in podcast form! More info at http://www.thelitreview.org/
Tickets to this event are non-refundable. If you purchase a ticket that includes a copy of the book and you cannot attend the event, you'll have 30 days to pick up your book at Women & Children First bookstore (5233 N. Clark St.).