2017-2018 Lecture Series
The talk examines the efforts of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s female auxiliary to promote HIV/AIDS education in black communities. W.O.M.E.N. Inc. combined a profound interest in propagating accurate information about HIV/AIDS with an ambivalent attitude toward the sexual dimensions of transmission. Jones places the activism of W.O.M.E.N. Inc. in a longer history in which black liberals offered divergent responses to the exclusion of sexual minorities in American life & law.
Jennifer Dominique Jones is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of Michigan. Her current book project is titled Queering an American Dilemma: Sexuality and Gender in African American Political Organizing, 1945-1993.