Paul Thomas

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

African American Studies

Committee Member

Peter Blackmer, PhD

Committee Member

Victor Okafor, PhD


Gender, race, and class are concepts that define the lived experiences of Black women in the United States. Black women’s experiences of police violence at the intersections of gender, race, and class, particularly, have helped to create radical critiques of the system of white supremacy and police brutality. My thesis explores these experiences from the Civil Rights Movement to the Black Lives Matter era to argue that the oppression, resistance, and the emergence of radical Black women organizers have made transformational contributions to the ongoing fight for Black liberation.