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Black Womanhood and the Protection of the Community 

Explore how institutional racism pervades our healthcare systems, the physical and mental effect it has on our bodies, and effective action to close this gap.

Programmes > African-Carribean Tyler (ACT) Essay Prize > Black Womanhood and the Protection of the Community 

By exploring black womanhood, we will engage with how women sought to build their communities through social and political activism.

Related disciplines: Health & Life Sciences (Medicine, Biology, Psychology)

The intent behind this topic is to highlight how women were not merely assistants to men who led civil rights movements, but were central figures in the fight for economic, social, and political justice. This is a global topic, and we will explore the impact women had on their communities across the globe over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some of the women we will be learning about include: Nannie Burroughs, Ida B Wells, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and many more.

Abena, Module Leader

"For black women, the race problem was always a bigger issue than the gender problem." Discuss.


Yaa Addae was an external marker of the 2021 ACT Essay Prize and is now a module leader for the Black Womanhood Module. With a background in art history, she is a culture journalist and curator having worked with Ano Institute, Gallery 1957, Southbank Centre, Nubuke Foundation, Goethe Instiut Lisbon, and The Barbican.

Yaa   |  Module Leader for Black Womanhood and the Protection of the Community 

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