Cece McDonald is a transgender activist and revered icon of the LGBTQ community. She captured international recognition in 2011 after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, later receiving a second-degree manslaughter conviction and serving 19 months in prison simply for defending herself.
Experiencing the inhumane treatment of prisoners firsthand, Cece began speaking out against the criminal justice system. As one of the founders of the Black Excellence Collective and Black Excellence Tour, created with best friend Joshua Allen, she fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality, and violence. With energy and conviction, she highlights the hope she now fights for – that all LGBTQ people can live their lives free of hate and prejudice and confidently pursue their dreams without fear.
Cece is also this year’s Activist-in-Residence at Barnard’s Center for Research on Women, where she is continuing her critical work building abolitionist analysis with other activists and community members to dismantle the prison industrial complex; support transformative justice models and other responses to harm that do not rely on incarceration or the criminal legal system; and build up community support and power for trans women, particularly trans women of color, in cultural, activist, and community projects.
Cece McDonald: A Conversation & Workshop
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall
There will also be a screening of the documentary “Free Cece” on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30PM, in Dartmouth Hall, Room 105.
Sponsored by: Dartmouth Society of Fellows, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Office of the Dean of the College.