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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of History

Madie Hall Xuma and the Globalization of Black Women's Activism

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 2:30pm

Dr. Wanda HendricksUSC History Department

Work In Progress seminar - GAMB431

As part of our transnational histories series, Dr. Wanda A. Hendricks will give a short presentation about her new book project, which examines the cross-cultural reform efforts of Hall Xuma in the United States, South Africa and Europe under the racially oppressive systems of Jim Crow and apartheid.  A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Madie Hall attended segregated schools and graduated from Winston-Salem Teachers College with a B.A.  Determined to expand her education she left the segregated south to attend Columbia University in New York where she met Alfred B. Xuma, a South African physician, and earned the M.A.  In 1940 she married Xuma and remained in South Africa for twenty-three years.  She became one of the leading advocates of black women's global reform, the YWCA, and the empowerment of women.  Hendricks's project provides fascinating insights into the complex and fluid constructions of race, gender and identity that animated Hall Xuma's life and challenge scholars interested in the global dimensions of social reform.