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Escape from New YorkThe New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem$
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Davarian L. Baldwin and Minkah Makalani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677382

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.001.0001

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Climbing the Hilltop: In Searchof a New Negro Womanhoodat Howard University

Climbing the Hilltop: In Searchof a New Negro Womanhoodat Howard University

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Escape from New York

Treva Lindsey

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the emergence of a culture of New Negro womanhood and a figuration of modernity among African American women at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In particular, it considers the challenges, setbacks, and achievements of Lucy Diggs Slowe during her fifteen-year career as dean at Howard. Slowe was the first official dean of women at Howard, having been appointed in 1922. Before accepting the dean position, Slowe recognized that Howard had institutionalized a relatively conservative view regarding “women’s place” through its policies. Consequently, she understood that expansive administrative latitude was vital to her ability to prepare female students for modern life. This chapter explains how Slowe’s story relates to New Negro womanhood and its evolution among African American women during the early to mid-twentieth century.

Keywords:   womanhood, modernity, African American women, Howard University, Lucy Diggs Slowe, New Negro

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