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Laurie Avant Woodard
CUNY Research Foundation, City College (New York, NY 10031-9101)

A Real Negro Girl: Fredi Washington and the Politics of Performance during the New Negro Renaissance.

Research and writing a biography of Fredi Washington (1903-1994), a civil rights activist and a performing artist active in the Harlem Renaissance.

Focusing upon the life and career of performing artist and civil rights activist Fredi Washington, this project places an African American female performing artist at the center of the narrative of the New Negro Renaissance; illuminates the vital influence of performing artists on the movement; and demonstrates the ways in which Washington and the New Negro Renaissance are central components of the long civil rights narrative and our understanding of the African American quest for civil and human rights. The manuscript will consist of six chapters and a prologue and epilogue.

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

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Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2020