Eslanda Goode Robeson and the African Family

Essie Robeson, the wife of the actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson, was born in Washington, D.C. in 1896. Her life and political writing is representative of how radical black women in the United States negotiated patriarchal structures that sought to obscure their activism in order to engage in African anticolonial politics.  Throughout her career Essie Robeson spoke for black women on the global stage in ways that challenged their race, class and gender oppression and asserted their position at the forefront of the politics of radical black internationalism.

Click here for Nicholas Grant’s biographical blog piece on Eslanda Goode Robeson for the Women’s History Network

Follow Nick on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/nicholasggrant

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