- Barbara Ransby teaches African-American Studies, Gender and Women's studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the Social Justice Initiative. Her most recent book is "Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson." A longtime activist, Ransby was an initiator of the African American Women in Defense of Ourselves campaign in 1991, a co-convener of The Black Radical Congress in 1998, and a founder of Ella's Daughters, a network of women working in Ella Baker's tradition. Find her on Twitter at @BarbaraRansby .
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