Ransby directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative at UIC, a project that promotes connections between academics and community organizers doing work on social justice. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was a Mellon Fellow. Ransby is the author of two award-winning books: Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (University of North Carolina Press,2003); and Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson (Yale University Press, 2013,). Ransby is not only a historian and writer but also a longtime activist. She was deeply involved in the anti-Apartheid/FreeSouth Africa movement in the 1980s and later co-founded a number of organizations that advance social and racial justice.

Part of the 2020-21 Anti-Blackness: Difficult Dialogues Series.

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