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WINGS #10-20 The Aunt Jemima Struggle

How her image became an offense

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The n-word appears in a description of racist products; for this edition, it has been bleeped.


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Length: 0:28:49
Uploaded: 22 Jun, 2020

Recording Date: 22 Jun, 2020
Recording Location: Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; and Denman Island BC
Logsheet: none
Language: English
Topical for: Timeless
Status: Complete, Ready to Air
Copyright: Creative Commons License
WINGS #10-20 The Aunt Jemima Struggle by Jude McGee and WINGS: Women's International News Gathering Service is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Program Title: WINGS #10-20 The Aunt Jemima Struggle
Description: In 2020, Quaker Oats announced it would remove Aunt Jemima from its syrup and pancake mix brands. This was the culmination of a struggle begun in the 1960s by the NAACP. Professor Robinson researched the history of Aunt Jemima, and of Edith Wilson, the actress who portrayed the character (and who was related to the model for Harriet Beecher Stowe's character Eliza). Wilson convinced Robinson that there was nothing degrading about the Aunt Jemima role, and that African American women's culinary prowess should be a source of pride.

Host(s): Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Historian Dr. Beverly Robinson (1945-2002), Professor of Theater, Film and Television, Univ. of California at Los Angeles. Her 3-semester course on African American Theater History was popular. Interview by Jude McGee.

Credits: Recorded by Jude McGee in 1994. Edited and updated to 2020 by Frieda Werden.

Comments: N-word, which appears in product descriptions, has been bleeped in this version.

Arts and Culture > Radio Arts
Politics > Feminism
Science and Technology
Politics > Activism
Regional > United States
Arts and Culture > Television
Society and Culture > Racism
Arts and Culture > Music
Society and Culture > Women
Type: Weekly Program

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Comments: Prof. Beverly Robinson of UCLA, recorded by Jude McGee, edit and update by Frieda Werden for WINGS. NOTE: n-words bleeped for this new edition

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