How We Get Free

How We Get Free

Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

Book - 2017
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"In the last several years, Black feminism has reemerged as the analytical framework for the activist response to the oppression of trans women of color, the fight for reproductive rights, and, of course, the movement against police abuse and violence. The most visible organizations and activists connected to the Black Lives Matter movement speak openly about how Black feminism shapes their politics and strategies today. The interviews I have compiled in this book -- with the three authors of the Combahee River Collective Statement, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, and Demita Frazier, #BlackLivesMatter cofounder Alicia Garza, and historian and activist Barbara Ransby -- are an attempt to show how these politics remain historically vibrant and relevant to the struggles of today. As Demita Frazier says, the point of talking about Combahee is not to be nostalgic; rather, we talk about it because Black women are still not free." -- Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, from the introduction.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Haymarket Books, c2017
Branch Call Number: 305.48896 H847h
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta


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LPL_DirectorBrad Oct 10, 2018

This book is required reading for all humans. You should maybe even read it to your cats and dogs, too.

The Combahee River Collective Statement is a bedrock document of Black feminism from 1977. It is an essential primary source document in American history. After the statement, we get recent long-form interviews by Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with three of the writers of the statement, sisters Barbara and Beverly Smith, and Demita Frazier. Also included is in-depth with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and the transcription of a short talk given by the celebrated scholar Barbara Ransby.

This is book will not take you long to read, but it will give you lots and lots to chew on and ponder. Read this book right now.

DBRL_ReginaF Apr 24, 2018

This is such a great topic but I have to admit that the rambling interview style wore me down.

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