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“Black Woman Professor–White University” Nellie Y. McKay at UW-Madison

Dr. Shanna Greene Benjamin discusses her book Half In Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay with Dr. Monica White, Assoc. Prof. at UW–Madison

Event Details

Thursday, April 8, 2021
4-5 p.m.
Benjamin used the Nellie Y. McKay papers from the UW-Madison Archives extensively during the writing of her book. They revealed more than a important career; they laid bare the difficulties people of color endure on the path to success. Together, Benjamin and White seek answers to
Why is it important that McKay’s papers were retained?
What types of secrets did McKay keep to protect her professional career?
In what ways must marginalized communities compromise their identities to succeed?