More Than a Color: the Marginalization of African Beauty Through History

A Road Scholar Program by Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Feb 5, 2024


Elmhurst Public Library
125 S Prospect Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126


Hybrid event
Registration is required.

This presentation takes participants on a walk-through history telling the stories of some women whom many may not know. 


Women of Color

Sarah Baartman (no real-life images available), Ann Malone, and Sarah Breedlove (aka Madam CJ Walker)

Anderson will speak about the women of color in 1760 French America who figured out how to legally free themselves from slavery only to be bound by government laws, women like Sarah Baartman who had to choose between being a circus oddity or a slave, and how women like Sarah Breedlove and Ann Malone changed the way women of African descent saw themselves—how these women redefined beauty. Anderson will also reflect on a recent development: our society has started to see women of color as beautiful.

Anderson will illuminate history filled with women of color who refused to view themselves through social limitation. She hopes to inspire others to decide for themselves what beauty is.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jez Layman at

Learn more about Karen Anderson, this program, and how to book it here.

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