In honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the USF Tampa Library has partnered with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention to create an interactive display showcasing Black Women Anti-Violence Activists. From Harriet Ann Jacobs to Kimberlé Crenshaw, the display shines a light on activists that address the violence and victimization directed toward Black women, historically and presently.
A collection of books, journals, and media resources specially curated by staff from the Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention are accessible by students using their mobile devices to scan a QR code presented in the display. The QR code provides access to a box folder with a list and links to each resource. The links connect the student directly to the library catalog record for quick access to content. The box folder also contains information on the services provided by the Center for USF students, faculty, and staff.
Despite the progress Black women activists have achieved, according to the Status of Black Women in the United States Report, more than 40% of Black women experience physical violence and 21% have experience sexual violence, still high percentages when compared with the averages of all women. It is important to acknowledge and study the change Black activists and advocates have been implementing to help create safe and equitable communities. This display is intended to educate students on the anti-violence movements created by inspiring Black women and to also convey the importance of being an anti-violence advocate in our communities.
For questions regarding this display, please contact the USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention.
DuMonthier, A., Childers, C., and Milli, J. (2017). The Status of Black Women in the United States: Executive Summary. Institute for Women’s Policy Research. https://iwpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SOBW_ExecutiveSummary_Digital-2.pdf
Credit: Stephanie Mackin, USF Libraries