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Author Mikki Kendall discusses race and feminism Thursday at GSU

On Thursday, March 3, New York Times best-selling author, activist and cultural critic Mikki Kendall will explore issues of race and feminism at Governors State University in celebration of Women’s History Month.

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The 10 a.m. presentation is also part of a distinguished speaker series to advance the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals. Seating is limited but the program will also be available virtually.

In “Hood Feminism,” Kendall poses questions of how inclusive the feminist movement is around race and class, saying hood feminism is less about becoming a woman achieving lofty goals, like becoming a corporate CEO, and more about maintaining basic needs, such as food and shelter.

In a 2020 interview Kendall said, “If we’re going to do feminism for all women, we have to make sure the poorest women have everything they need to survive, you can’t fight for your rights if you can barely stay alive.’’

Kendall, a Chicago native, U.S. Army veteran and University of Illinois graduate, created the hashtag #Solidarityisforwhitewomen in 2013. She has appeared on various broadcasts discussing race, feminism, police violence, tech and pop culture.

Kendall is also the author of “Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists,” a graphic novel.

The Kendall event will begin with a 9 a.m. breakfast, followed by Kendall’s keynote at 10 a.m. with a Q&A and then lunch.

Reservations can be made online to attend in person or virtually.

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