Ovations Event: Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
Dr. Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor is an Associate Professor of History at Smith College. Her first book, Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War, is a social history of black activists, who, long before Rosa Parks, fought against segregation on public vehicles. Her article, “Etymology of [the n-word]: Resistance, Language, and the Politics of Freedom in the Antebellum North,” won the Ralph D. Gray Prize for the best article of 2016 in the Journal of the Early Republic. Dr. Pryor will be discussing this article in her talk, which will be a historical study of the n-word. In the process, she will be sharing her own life, growing up as a biracial woman in the U.S. This will be a fascinating, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial presentation given during Black History Month. This is a rescheduled date.