Laura Heffernan


Photo courtesy of Brittney Cooper

Black feminist Brittney Cooper urges UP community to ‘trust Black women’

On Sept. 4, Black feminist, scholar, author and activist Dr. Brittney Cooper gave a keynote address entitled “Trust Black Women: The Importance of Black Women in U.S. Politics” to University of Portland students, staff and faculty. Cooper originally planned to give her talk in March but was forced to reschedule due to COVID-19. Six months after its original date, Cooper’s message had new meaning after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, as well as the insurgence of nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.