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Forum Slated for Sept. 17 on Experiences of Black Women in Prison

This month’s Gender & Women’s Studies Forum will host Dr. Breea C. Willingham for a discussion about prison and racial activism on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center.

“Rewriting the Script Society has Written for Them: Black Women’s Prison Narratives as Active Black Feminism” features a 20-minute lecture followed by an open Q&A with Willingham, an assistant professor of criminal justice at SUNY Plattsburgh. 

Willingham’s research areas include race, crime, and education. She studies the impact of prison on the black community and the role of education in women’s prisons. She also worked as a newspaper reporter covering crime and education for 10 years.

“The reason I focus on black people is historically their voices have been silenced. This is an opportunity to give a voice to the voiceless,” Willingham said. Willingham is also writing a book on black women and police violence, due to be released December 2016. 

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