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Rediscovered Radio Flashback: Flo Kennedy Speaks at Antioch

An Antioch Record article about Florynce Kennedy's appearance at the College
courtesy of Antiochiana, Antioch College

Florynce Kennedy, an outspoken attorney and activist who bridged the Women’s Liberation and Black Power Movements in the 1960s and 70s, said “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” She was outrageous and defiant and with her middle finger in the air and a cowboy hat on her head, she came to Antioch in 1971 to talk about fighting oppression. WYSO was there.

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Florynce Kennedy at Antioch College in 1971

Kennedy was a committed revolutionary. As a radical Black feminist and activist lawyer, she traveled the country lecturing with Gloria Steinem, and took on legal cases for abortion rights and the Black Panthers.  She also contributed to the landmark 1970 book Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women’s Liberation Movement.

After a lifetime of battling sexism and racism, Florynce Kennedy died in 2000 at the age of 84.

Rediscovered Radio is made possible in part by a grant from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities.

Jocelyn Robinson is a Yellow Springs, Ohio-based educator, media producer, and radio preservationist. As an educator, Robinson has taught transdisciplinary literature courses incorporating critical cultural theory and her scholarship in self-definition and identity. She also teaches community-based and college-level classes in digital storytelling and narrative journalism.
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