When: Monday, March 22, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm EST
You are invited to join the Zinn Education Project for a free online class with Dr. Tera W. Hunter, history professor at Princeton University and author of To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War. In a conversation with Rethinking Schools editor Jesse Hagopian, Dr. Hunter will provide a historical context for the election victory in Georgia and share insights from her research into freed women’s lives. Hunter will focus on the 1881 Atlanta Washerwomen’s Strike, when 20 laundresses met in Atlanta to form a trade organization, the Washing Society. They sought higher pay, respect, and autonomy over their work and established a uniform rate at $1 per dozen pounds of wash. With the help of Black ministers throughout the city, they held a mass meeting and called a strike to achieve higher pay at the uniform rate. ASL is provided.
This event is one in a series of online classes that are part of the Zinn Education Project’s Teach the Black Freedom Struggle campaign.