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Learning From African American Activists

Nov. 7, 2012


African American women from Los Angeles’ historic community-development movement and the strategies they used to balance their public and personal lives will be the topic of Lezlee Hinesmon-Matthews’  Nov. 14 lecture, “Back to the Future: Learning From African American Women Activists.” Hinesmon-Matthews is a Cal State Fullerton assistant professor of African American studies. Her lecture is free and open to the public.


Nov. 14


University Hall, Room 205
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., 92831


Hinesmon-Matthews will speak about African American women activists, and she plans to involve audience members in a “visioning exercise to map out ways to become more engaged in campus and community-based social justice movements,” she said.

Two women she will speak about include Denise Fairchild, the former head of the quasi-public organization Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the nonprofit organization Community Development Technologies Center, and California Assemblywoman Karen Bass, the former executive director of the nonprofit organization Community Coalition for the Prevention of Substance Abuse.

“I feature Fairchild and Bass to provide background for the larger project because of their ability to accomplish three goals: overcome gender and racial barriers in their respective fields, balance work and family life, and generate social and political capital for themselves and the broader African American community,” Hinesmon-Mathews said.


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online.


Cal State Fullerton’s WoMen’s Center

More Info:

Call the WoMen’s Center at 657-278-3928 or visit the website.

Media Contact:

Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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