Washington County library to host author of book about black women

February 12, 2008

Washington County Free Library will host a special guest speaker on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Central Library at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson will talk about her book, "Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food and Power."

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance and Reconciliation Program is part of the Maryland Humanities Council program.

Using a recipe of scholarly analysis, personal interviews, film, advertisements, cookbooks and literature, Williams-Forson examines the complex role of the chicken in African-American life, paying special attention to the connection between chickens and black women. From slavery to the present, families have been fed with chickens raised by these women, who have made their livings cooking and serving in houses, restaurants, on the roadside, at the harbor and in churches.

Williams-Forson is assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md. She is the author of "Building Houses out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power," which won the American Folklore Society's Elli KÃ
ngäs-Maranda Prize.


She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she also co-founded the Material Culture/Visual Culture Working Group.

Call the library at 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a free ticket for this event.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform the library of special needs two weeks prior to the program.

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