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My biggest lesson from #SelfMadeNetflix, the series "inspired by" my @MadamCJWalker bio? Historians & biographers must be in the writers' room from jump. In this time of racial reckoning we need their knowledge, credibility & authenticity #ChangeHollywood
To keep the op-ed to 1100 words, I had to leave out a lot. Here are some of the sections: I wrote On Her Own Ground as a corrective to the erasure, distortion and out right lies about Black people that were in the history books and movies of my youth.
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Watching #SelfMadeNetflix as a historian who specializes in Black women in work/business/industry, specifically uncovering their struggles 4 economic justice I thought abt the texts/contexts that would have helped clarify the life of MCJW. I am starting #SelfMadeSyllabus. (1)
First up, Tera Hunter's To Joy My Freedom -- about Black women and work after the Civil War, and focuses on the lives and activism of washerwomen in the south, specifically Atlanta.… (2)
Second up, Deborah Gray White's Too Heavy A Load, is a classic in Black women's history and tells the history of Black women's organizations, including the National Association of Colored Women,… (3)
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103 years after @MadamCJWalker joined Harlem leaders to deliver this petition to the White House in response to the 1917 East St. Louis massacre, the House passes an #AntiLynchingBill. Thanks to the #SelfMadeNetflix team for insisting the lynching theme be included. Watch on 3/20
@MadamCJWalker From the NYT: "Since at least 1900, [the Congress] has tried to pass a law making lynching a federal crime. The bills were consistently blocked, shelved or ignored...But on Wed., a measure to add lynching to the US Criminal Code passed in the House."
@MadamCJWalker Thank you to @Jsbarrois & @Elle2Tha for grasping the importance of anti-lynching in Madam Walker's political activism. No spoiler alerts! But @DeManeDavis was masterful at directing the very emotional scene w/ @octaviaspencer & @KevinTCarroll when the theme appears in episode 4.
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