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Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2pm – 4pm
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Multi-purpose Room (MPR) – Multi-media Presentation
Book Signing: Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015)

Dr. Talitha L. LeFlouria

Dr. Talitha L. LeFlouria is an associate professor of history at Florida Atlantic University and a postdoctoral fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.  

She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015), winner of the 2015 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians for best book in black women’s history.   Professor LeFlouria’s research was featured in the Sundance award-nominated documentary, Slavery by Another Name. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Labor and Working-Class History Association and Historians Against Slavery.

She is also the southern regional director for the Association of Black Women Historians.  Chained in Silence In cooperation with her scholarly achievements, Professor LeFlouria is also an accomplished public historian. She has worked as a researcher for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and, in 2009, authored the museum’s official publication: Frederick Douglass: A Watchtower of Human Freedom. She subsequently appeared on C-SPAN to discuss her publication. 

Currently, Professor LeFlouria has several new projects in the pipeline. She is the author of a new digital humanities publication entitled, “Convict Labor and the Building of Modern America,” which is slated for publication by Bedford St. Martins in December, as a part of its Digital Collections initiative. She is also the author of a new article, “‘Under the Sting of the Lash’: Gendered Violence, Terror, and Resistance in the South’s Convict Camps,” published in the Journal of African American History, Special Issue: Gendering the Carceral State: African American Women, History, and Criminal Justice (October 2015).

Like the uncompromising and courageous leader, Ida B. Wells, Professor LeFlouria, through her works and oratory, delivers a surgical analysis of the root causes of African American injustice in America: race, class and gender oppression. While much is written regarding African American male incarceration, through Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, Professor LeFlouria brings proper focus and gender balance to the American Injustice system’s efforts to use mass incarceration an d convict leasing as new forms of enslavement. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History welcomes Dr. LeFlouria’s return and will honor her as an illuminating new voice of her generation with our first Ida B. Wells Tribute Award

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