Meet Bundles Scholar Deidre Flowers, who studies Black women’s contributions to American history

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By chance on February 24, 2003, while listening to Dr. Johnetta Cole and Dr. Beverly Guy Sheftall discuss their book talk about gender, Dr. Cole referred to the contributions of Bennett College students to the 1960 sit-ins carried out in Greensboro, North Carolina. Bennett is one of two remaining single-sex HBCUs. Most people don’t know about the college’s history of activism, which dates back to the 1930s when Bennett students called for a boycott of local theaters that refused to show films depicting black and white Americans as equals. . I wrote an article for the class, and it was later accepted for publication by the Journal of African American History.

I finally applied and was accepted into the Doctor of History and Education program at Teachers College. I wrote my thesis on Bennett College; Its title is “Education in Action: The Work of Bennett College for Women, 1930-1960.” The thesis will soon become a book, as will my work on Mildred Louise Johnson, who founded and directed The Modern School in Harlem from 1934 to 1999.

What is your passion?

Research and writing of history. Specifically, a story that focuses on black women and our contributions to American history that has been actualized through our agency, activism, and perseverance on behalf of ourselves and the broader black global community.


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