This year, the University welcomes Feminista Jones as the keynote speaker for the Hazel I. Jackson Lecture on Nov. 3. An author and social worker, Jones is known for her work, such as “Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets.” The lecture will be held in the Student Memorial Center, Room 114, Reighard Multipurpose Room.
The Hazel I. Jackson Lecture is an annual event held to commemorate the first female African American professor hired at Millersville University. Jackson was hired in 1970 to teach English and African American literature. Jackson retired in 1994 and a year later, Dr. Rita Smith Wade-El put together a lecture series in her honor.
Each year, a literary artist is invited to speak about African American expression. In past years, the University was fortunate enough to host legendary writers such as Alice Walker and August Wilson. On the criteria for choosing speakers, Dr. Caleb Corkery, professor of English and chairperson for the lecture this year, says, “We look for a speaker to highlight African American creativity in the literary arts, written or spoken. We also look for someone who can impact the campus and larger community by sharing their creative spirit and insight.”
Jones’ recent book chronicles Black women’s influence in society and media. Jones is also known for her dynamic social media presence on Twitter. She will be giving her lecture on the topics of intersectional feminism and empowerment.
Corkery is confident that Jones’ exciting personality will have a real impact on those who come to see her, “She is interested in intersectional issues in ways that recognize and empower women. She brings a positive message through the oppression she understands and analyzes.”
The lecture will take place on November 3 at 7 p.m. It is open to the public.
To learn more about Feminista Jones, visit her website: https://feministajones.com/
To read more about the history of the lecture, visit: https://www.millersville.edu/africanamericanstudies/jackson-lecture.php