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Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South
March 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
As part of the Countering Hate Initiative and ENGLISH 265, Mab Segrest will present “Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South.”
In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she “had become a woman haunted by the dead.” Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family’s history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina. Memoir of a Race Traitor became a classic text of white antiracist practice. Juxtaposing childhood memories with contemporary events, Segrest described her journey into the heart of her culture and how she finally veered from its violent trajectory and moved towards a place of hope and renewal.
Mab Segrest is Professor Emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at Connecticut College. She is the author of several books including the forthcoming Administrations of Lunacy: Racism and the Haunting of American Psychiatry at the Milledgeville Asylum. A longtime activist in social justice movements and a past fellow at the National Humanities Center, she lives in Durham, North Carolina.