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Restructuring Respectability, Gender, and Power: Aida Overton Walker Performs a Black Feminist Resistance
Journal of Transnational American Studies
Aida Overton Walker, a premier vaudeville entertainer, engaged in a calculated, career-long process to restructure and re-present how African Americans, particularly black women in popular theater, were viewed and perceived in American society. Through a feminist lens this essay will demonstrate her awareness of her visual presence to perform black resistance by embodying the ideological practice of racial uplift—the response delivered by the African American, educated, middle-class elite todoaj:08989b424865459a9c1cda73994bdcf1 fatcat:5ejhcef3qngz5eavyx6tlrg5qa