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

Take a walk-through history hearing the stories of women whom you may not be familiar with. Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Karen 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.
Sunday, June 23, 2024
03:00 PM to 04:00 PM CDT
Illinois State Museum
  • 501 S. Spring Street
  • Springfield , Illinois 62706

Karen 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.


The program will also be streamed online with advanced registration required at For more information, please contact or (217) 782-6044.