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The Black Feminist Movement: What is Black Feminism?
This LibGuide was created for LIS 5603 for the Fall 2020 semester. This is mean to be a brief introduction to the Black Feminist Movement and some of the activists that were foundational to its creation. This guide is meant to be a research tool for users
Black feminism centers the experiences of Black women, understanding their position in relation to racism, sexism, and classism, as well as other social and political identities. Black women have been excluded from mainstream feminism because of their race, while simultaneously being excluded from black liberation movements because of their gender. Black feminism highlights and engages with the many aspects of identity that women have, which was significant because it gave them the opportunity to talk about being black along with gender inequality. Despite the prejudice and discrimination they faced, Black women were and still continue to be critical to the black liberation and gender equality movements.
Sharon Smith discusses the theories of black feminism and intersectionality and how it leads the way towards a better understanding of the systems of oppression, enabling the further development of the ways in which solidarity can be built between all those who suffer oppression and exploitation under capitalism to forge a unified movement.
Black Feminism Reimagined by Jennifer C. Nash
Publication Date: 2019-03-04
In Black Feminism Reimagined Jennifer C. Nash reframes black feminism's engagement with intersectionality, often celebrated as its primary intellectual and political contribution to feminist theory. Charting the institutional history and contemporary uses of intersectionality in the academy, Nash outlines how women's studies has both elevated intersectionality to the discipline's primary program-building initiative and cast intersectionality as a threat to feminism's coherence. As intersectionality has become a central feminist preoccupation, Nash argues that black feminism has been marked by a single affect--defensiveness--manifested by efforts to police intersectionality's usages and circulations. Nash contends that only by letting go of this deeply alluring protectionist stance, the desire to make property of knowledge, can black feminists reimagine intellectual production in ways that unleash black feminist theory's visionary world-making possibilities.
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Publication Date: 1990-09-13
In spite of the double burden of racial and gender discrimination, African-American women have developed a rich intellectual tradition that is not widely known. In Black Feminist Thought,Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academe. She provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. The result is a superbly crafted book that provides the first synthetic overview of Black feminist thought.
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Hill Collins, Patricia. "Defining Black Feminist Thought". In: Collins, Patricia Hill, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. (New York: Routledge, 1990), p. 19-40.
Being Black and Feminist
“I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.”