Back in the early 1980′s a bunch of young feminists, for different reasons, decided to attend graduate school in history at New York University. One of them was me; another was Adina Back, a public historian who later worked at Brooklyn College, among other places, and who also became the mother of two sons. Adina died Wednesday, August 6, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. We will all miss her: she had a wonderful smile, was smart, and was a sweet and generous human being. She was 50. Click here to view a brief online obituary in the New York Times.
You can read a short article that Adina, who worked on the history of schools in New York, wrote about media coverage of Brown v. Board of Education for the Radical History Review (v. 90, 2004), where she was a member of the editorial collective, here.