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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

What is Black Feminism?

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. 


  • Code, L. (2000). Encyclopedia of feminist theories. London: Routledge.
  • 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.”

June Jordan