What's in an Identity?: Denea Joseph on the Practice of Intersectional Organizing

 

Denea Joseph organizes on behalf of the 619,000 Black undocumented immigrants ignored or overlooked in government policies and media portrayals of the movement. Denea finds strength in recognizing the long history of U.S. immigration from all continents.

Learning Lab: What’s in an Identity? Exploring the History of Intersectional Politics

“We Share the Dream” pin, 1960s
“We Share the Dream” pin, 1960s

Connect past and present with the Learning Lab to discover how issues impacting undocumented communities have deep roots in the nation’s history. In What’s in an Identity, we explore the Smithsonian’s collections to understand intersectional organizing over the past 60 years. From the Poor People’s Campaign to recent immigrant rights marches, we see movements that have embraced the multifaceted backgrounds and ways of self-understanding that participants bring to the struggle. These resources provide the opportunity to consider how identities shape organizing in a democracy.