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Ashley Dawn Farmer
University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
A Biography of Audley Moore (d. 1997): Mother of Black Nationalism

Research and writing leading to a biography of black nationalist Audley Moore (1890s-1997), whose political life spanned much of the 20th century’s black nationalist movement.

If Rosa Parks was the mother of the civil rights movement, then Audley Moore midwifed modern black nationalism. Indeed, Moore created or was involved in many of the major movement moments and organizations now considered to be central to 20th century black radical organizing from the 1920s to the 1990s. Queen Mother” Audley Moore: Mother of Black Nationalism is the first full length biography of Moore—one of the most influential yet understudied activists and thinkers of the 20th century. The book examines Moore’s life and activism from the 1890s until her death in 1997 and argues that she was an important but overlooked progenitor of 20th century black radical thought whose organizing approaches and ideas became the architecture of modern radical black activism. Using Moore as a thread, the book offers a wide-ranging history of twentieth-century black nationalist movements, moments, and organizations, foregrounding black women’s roles in creating a sustained ideological tradition.

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Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Women's History


Research Programs

$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021