The 2019 MidAmerica Regional Assembly was held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel, April 5-7.
Our Keynote Presenter was UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. We were also joined by members of the Commission on Institutional Change, the Rev. Karen Hutt presented on spirituality, and Sunday worship was co-led by Rev. Ashley Horan and Pastor Danny Givens.
Why the Concept of Intersectionality Has Inspired Us in the Midamerica Region
Twenty-eight years ago, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” in a paper as a way to help explain the oppression of African-American women.
A leading thinker and scholar in the field of critical race theory, Crenshaw, a professor at Columbia Law School, directs the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies and is a co-founder of the African American Policy Forum.
As she explains, “Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects. It’s not simply that there’s a race problem here, a gender problem here, and a class or LBGTQ problem there. Many times that framework erases what happens to people who are subject to all of these things.”
Listen to Crenshaw describe intersectionality in her own words, in her speech at the Women of the World Festival in 2016.