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NBWJI Book Club September Selection: Talk With You Like a Woman




"Talk With You Like A Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935" by Cheryl D. Hicks is our September selection for the NBWJI Book Club.


In "Talk With You Like a Woman," Hicks highlights the voices and viewpoints of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects of urban and penal reform in early 20th-century New York. Hicks compares the ideals of racial uplift and reform programs of middle-class white and black activists to the experiences and perspectives of those whom they sought to protect and, often, control.


Cheryl D. Hicks is an associate professor of Africana studies and history at the University of Delaware. Her research addresses the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and the law. She specializes in late nineteenth and twentieth-century African American and American history as well as urban, gender, and civil rights history.


On October 7, NBWJI Executive Director Sydney McKinney will sit down with Cheryl Hicks to discuss the book, learn what inspires her work, and how we can translate our new knowledge and experiences into healing-centered justice.



How the NBWJI Book Club Works


NBWJI’s Book Club spotlights books by Black women that highlight the real impact of incarceration on Black women and girls. Join us, read with us, and learn along with us! It’s really simple with no pressure:

  • Read at your own pace. (We choose a new book to focus on about every other month.)

  • Engage with other readers online (on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook). We share guiding questions about once a week for you to think about and help get the conversation started.

  • As we finish the book, join us for a conversation with the author. We’ll discuss the book, learn what inspires her work, and consider together how we translate our new knowledge into healing-centered justice.

We hope you’ll join us.