Kathleen Thompson
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In the early 1970s, Thompson opened the feminist bookstore in Chicago, Pride & Prejudice, on Halsted Street. Over the course of the next few years, a group grew up around the store that provided a number of services for the women's community, including pregnancy testing and abortion counseling, rap group organizing, a lesbian artist's collective, a lesbian counseling service, and the publication of two directories of resources for women in Chicago. Pride & Prejudice became The Women's Center on north Halsted.

Thompson writes: "I was also a co-founder of Chicago Women Against Rape and co-author, with Andra Medea, of the book /Against Rape/ ( Farrar, Straus 1974 ) . More recently, I have been writing in the field of American history. I co-authored /A Shining Thread of Hope/ ( Broadway Books, 1998 ) , the first narrative history of black women, with Darlene Clark Hine and have co-authored, with Hilary Mac Austin, three visual histories: /The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the Present/ ( Indiana University Press, 1999 ) , /Children of the Depression/ ( Indiana University Press, 2002 ) , and /America's Children: Picturing Childhood from Early America to the Present/ ( W. W. Norton, 2003 ) . I also served on the board of senior editors for the Oxford University Press revision of the encyclopedia /Black Women in America/ ( OUP, 2005 ) ."

  Video Interview Date: 2007-12-13 Interviewer: Tracy Baim





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