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This Is Our War: 100(+) Years of Women’s Civil Rights Activism in Louisiana

March 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

EST  | In person

Join Dr. Shannon Frystak in-person at the March Gallier Gathering as she discusses the history of women’s Civil Rights activism in Louisiana.
This event is co-hosted by the Loyola University New Orleans Department of History and will take place on the Loyola campus in Multimedia Room 2, Monroe Library. Parking is located in the West Road Garage.

About this Event
For more than 100 years, Louisiana women have challenged the racial status quo in Louisiana. Beginning in the early 20th century (and arguably even before then), women across the state were at the forefront of the fight for the rights that they believed were denied them, first in slavery, and then through the more than half-century period of Jim Crow. Dr. Shannon Frystak will highlight some of the major events of the “long civil rights era” and the women who were crucial actors in the long struggle to alter the social, economic, and political landscape of the state to ensure citizenship applied equally to all of its residents.

Dr. Shannon Frystak is an award-winning writer and historian who specializes in Women’s History and the Modern Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on female activism in Louisiana. She teaches at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her works include Our Minds on Freedom: Women and the Struggle for Black Equality in Louisiana, 1924-1967 and Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times. Her current research is a biography of Lucille Watson, owner and manager of Cross Keys Plantation in Tensas Parish, Louisiana.


Multimedia Room 2, Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 United States
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