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Howard Discussion to Feature New Biography on the Life of Eslanda Robeson, Wife of Paul Robeson

Eslanda Robeson

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2013) – Howard University Moorland-Spingarn Research Center will host a forum on the life of Eslanda Robeson, the wife of Paul Robeson, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, in the Browsing Room of Founders Library. The event, titled “Writing Black Women into History,” will feature Barbara Ransby, Ph.D., who will discuss her new book, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson, followed by commentary from Susan Robeson, granddaughter of Eslanda and Paul Robeson.

Dr. Ransby is a professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she directs both the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative and the Gender and Women’s Studies Program. Her biography of Eslanda Robeson draws heavily on the research collections of Moorland-Spingarn.

Susan Robeson has produced numerous television programs and documentaries for television stations in New York and the United Kingdom. She is also a screenwriter and the author of the forthcoming children’s book, Grandpa Stops A War and the non‐fiction book, The Whole World In His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson, which was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association.

“We’re pleased to use this occasion to focus on the need for more research on Black women in history,” said Howard Dodson, director of Howard University Libraries and the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. “March is Women’s History Month and there’s not a more appropriate time to hold an event that celebrates the role of women in the making of history.”

For more information about the event, call 202-806-7239.

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