A new Road Scholar, Karen Anderson’s desire is to share the history of women of African descent in hopes that these communities feel less marginalized. Her presentation examines how women of African descent have been seen in society, art, history, and in modern media. She has presented “More Than A Color: The Marginalization of African American Women” at the online conference of that National Conference of Black Political Scientist in 2020.

Presentation 1

More Than a Color: The Marginalization of African Beauty Through History

This presentation takes participants on a walk-through history telling the stories of some women who many may not know. Anderson will speak about the women of color in 1760 French America who figured out how to legally free themselves from slavery only to be bound by government laws, women like Sarah Baartman who had to choose between being a circus oddity or a slave, and how women like Sarah Breedlove and Ann Malone changed the way women of African descent saw themselves—how these women redefined beauty. Anderson will also reflect on a recent development: our society has started to see women of color as beautiful.

Anderson will illuminate history filled with women of color who refused to view themselves through social limitation. She hopes to inspire others to decide for themselves what beauty is.

Program Topics

  • African American
  • Women
  • History

Program Logistics

The presentation takes approximately 45 minutes, with extra time at the end for Q&A, making it approximately one hour. Visuals are presented via PowerPoint, which does require a laptop and projector.

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About the Road Scholar

Karen Anderson

Karen AndersonKaren J. Anderson is an artist, writer, photographer, publisher, and filmmaker. She uses a variety of methods to uplift, inform and educate African Americans and people of color.

Anderson’s artwork is about life and the people who live it. The images tell stories that can inform to the way of life in the community, uplift with the beauty that comes from the community and educate the rest of the world about the community.

Anderson has an MA in New Art Journalism from the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago. She presented her paper, “More Than A Color: The Marginalization of African American Beauty” at the 2021 National Conference of Black Political Scientists. It was published in the Roots Work Journal. Her article “Best Trip Ever” was published in Chicken Soup For the Soul I’m Speaking Now in 2021.

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Book this Road Scholar

Follow the steps below to book a presentation.

Step 1
Contact Karen to schedule a date and time via email at uppcreative@gmail.com or phone at (817) 228-9968.

Step 2
Once you and Karen have agreed upon a date and time, complete the Road Scholars Host Organization application.

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