The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and the Rhodes Must Fall/Fees Must Fall protests in South Africa have sparked transnational dialogues that stress the need for a global analysis of racial oppression. This chapter demonstrates how an earlier generation of activists challenged racial oppression on both sides of the Atlantic. Specifically, it will trace the key role Black women played in connecting anti-racist activism in the United States and South Africa during the early years of apartheid. Eslanda Goode Robeson, Frieda Matthews, and groups such as the Sojourners for Truth and Justice and Federation of South African Women, all advanced a form of anticolonial politics that called attention to race, gender and class oppression across national borders. Through their travels, exchanges and community activism, each of these remarkable women defied the repressive power of the state to play a vital role in building the global anti-apartheid movement.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Companion to Black Women’s Cultural Histories|
|Subtitle of host publication||Across the Diaspora, From Ancient Times to the Present|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2021|