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Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance – 100th Anniversary Symposium & Celebration (March 8-9, 2013)


Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance is a symposium and celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s passing, during March 8-9, 2013 at the University at Albany, organized by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A special themed issue of papers delivered at the symposium will be guest-edited by Janell Hobson for the Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism journal.

Photo credits: Janell Hobson (at podium) introducing session, “What Would Harriet Do? A Legacy of Resistance,” March 8, 2013, featuring (left to right) Barbara Smith, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and Paula Giddings. (Photo by Aishah Shahidah Simmons)

News Coverage:

The Schenectady Gazette (March 7, 2013)

Associated Press’ “NY symposium to focus on life of Harriet Tubman” (appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday).


On the Harriet Tubman Sex Tape Scandal:

On August 14, 2013, Russell Simmons launched a new You Tube Channel All Def Digital that featured the controversial video, Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, which prompted widespread condemnation and calls for the video to be removed from the channel – due to its disrespectful treatment of such a great icon as Harriet Tubman.  Within 24 hours, Simmons removed the video and issued an apology.  Below are select responses to this scandal.

My article: The Rape of Harriet Tubman

Judith G. Bryant’s Open Letter to Russell Simmons from Harriet Tubman’s Great Great Grandniece 

Crystal Fleming’s Petition for Russell Simmons to Remove and Apologize for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

Jamilah Lemieux’s Russell, You Let Harriet Tubman Down

Brittney Cooper’s Does anyone Care about Black Women?

Kai M. Green’s Letter, included in #BlackPowerisforBlackMen: Letters from Brothers Writing to Live

David J. Leonard’s You ain’t Funny or Cutting Edge: A Letter to Jason Horton

Helena Andrews’ “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape”: Rape is No Joke

Kaye Wise Whitehead’s Harriet Tubman: From Maternal Mother to Jezebel



UAlbany Professor Profiles Adichie for Ms. Magazine Cover Story (Read Here).

My interview on Black Women’s Blueprint Blog Talk Radio

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