Samuel Galen Ng F'15

Samuel Galen Ng
Assistant Professor
Africana Studies
Smith College

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2015
Doctoral Candidate
American Studies
New York University
Embodying Pain: The Politics of Black Mourning in the United States, 1917-1955

Public expressions of mourning came to constitute a central means of generating mass black politics in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. Black activists responded to the outbreak of racial violence that swept the country from 1917 to 1923 by performing and inhabiting on a large, public scale the very bodily trauma they protested. Politicized mourning offered them an effective means of expanding the reach and scope of the black freedom struggle in the Jim Crow United States, one that proved itself particularly available to black women, who were often left behind to mourn the deaths of their husbands, sons, and friends while at the same time being excluded from leadership positions in mainstream organizations.