Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis

Spring 2018 Colloquium Series

The Kinder Institute’s Friday Colloquium Series continues with MU Assistant Professor of History Keona K. Ervin, who will discuss her new book in which she investigates black working-class women’s struggle for economic justice from the rise of New Deal liberalism in the 1930s to the social upheavals of the 1960s, presenting an account of the ways in which black working-class women creatively fused racial and economic justice that sheds light on an unexplored aspect of community activism as well as the complexities of the overlapping civil rights and labor movements during the first half of the 20th century. Free and open to the public, Prof. Ervin’s talk will be held on February 2 at 3:30pm in Jesse Hall 410.


St. Louis native Keona K. Ervin is Assistant Professor of African-American History at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A Center for Missouri Studies Faculty Fellow at the State Historical Society of Missouri, Ervin is the author of Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis (University of Kentucky Press, 2017), and she has published articles in International Labor and Working-Class History, Journal of Civil and Human Rights, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. She is a recipient of the Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Arts and Sciences Faculty Fellowship from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and the Huggins-Quarles Dissertation Award from the Organization of American Historians.