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Florynce "Flo" KennedyThe Life of a Black Feminist Radical$
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Sherie M. Randolph

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469623917

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623917.001.0001

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Until We Catch Up

Until We Catch Up

The Struggle Continues

(p.215) Epilogue Until We Catch Up
Florynce "Flo" Kennedy

Sherie M. Randolph

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter concludes the book by briefly examining Flo Kennedy’s multifaceted political actions in the mid-to-late 1970s and the early 1980s. Specifically focusing on her organizing against racism, sexism and a range of other oppressions during the 1984 Jesse Jackson presidential campaign, the International Year of the Woman conferences in Mexico City, Mexico and Canberra, Australia and through COYOTE, an organization in support of sex workers. Kennedy’s protests and flamboyant self-presentation have puzzled some organizers and scholars. In part, this confusion accounts for some of the reasons why Kennedy has been largely ignored and why her theoretical and strategic insights have not been incorporated into radical political perspectives of feminist and Black Power histories. To the people who worked with and learned from Kennedy, she was a teacher, a catalyst, a lawyer, a cheerleader, a bridge to other organizers and to expansive and broad concepts, an exacting critic, a complex thinker, and a sharp leader who animated political engagement and made political organizing less intimidating and far more appealing. Her black feminist intersectional analysis enlarged the scope of possible political alliances and both broadened and deepened the promise of radical social transformation.

Keywords:   Political alliances, Black feminist, Intersectional, Lawyer, Radical social transformation, Black Power, Jesse Jackson, International Year of the Woman, Sex workers

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