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The Genesis of Black Feminism

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Meryl Small

on 24 February 2014

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Contemporary Black Feminism
"A women question and a race problem"

Created in an effort to meet the needs of black women who felt they were being racially oppressed in the Women's Movement and sexually oppressed in the Black Liberation Movement

The purpose was to address the interconnectedness of sexism, class oppression, and racism in their lives. (Intersectionality)
Image by Tom Mooring
Contemporary Black Feminism
"Five questions to Kelly Briggs: on black feminism and Indigenous activism"
Article in Manchester Guardian Weekly

Kelly Briggs: Feminist and Social Activist


"Sexism, racism and classism are very tightly interwoven in our social fabric. Feminism that doesn't take race, financial status and a myriad of other factors into consideration is detrimental to reaching true equality."
brick lane
"We are just women. What can we do?"

"They entered the movement erasing and denying difference, not playing race alongside gender, but eliminating race from the picture."
Did not take racial differences into consideration, leaving women of color behind.
"White female racism"

"We were finally putting in place a movement that did not place the class interests of privileged women, especially white women, over that of all other women."
Black Feminists helped break through the denial about race.

The Reason
Above all, Black Feminism originates
in generations of sacrifice.
Meryl Small
What is the genesis of contemporary Black Feminism?
What exactly does that mean?
: the origin or mode of formation of something
Contemporary Black Feminism:
Sojourner Truth : African American abolitionist and women's rights activist

Progress began with the second wave of the American women's movement, beginning in the
late 1960s.

Connection to movements for Black liberation, particularly those of the 1960s and I970s.

Racism and elitism during the Women's/Civil Right Movement hindered Black women's participation.

In 1973, Black feminists formed a separate Black feminist group: the National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO).
The Beginning
Ali, Monica. "Chapter 4." brick lane: a novel. New York: Scribner, 2003. 80. Print.

"Black Issues Forum: Empowering Force of Feminist Teaching." YouTube.
YouTube, 22 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. <

"But Some of Us Are Brave: A History of Black Feminism in the United States." Vol.
9.1 - A History of Black Feminism in the U.S.. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. <http://www.mit.edu/

Kirk, Gwyn, and Margo Okazawa-Rey. "Chapter 1: Untangling the "F"-word." Women's lives:
Multicultural Perspectives. Sixth ed. New York, NY: Mcgraw-Hill, 2013. 27-35. Print.

The Manchester Guardian. "Five questions to Kelly Briggs: on black feminism and Indigenous
activism." theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 31 Oct. 2013. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. <http://

hooks, bell. "Race and Gender." Feminism is for everybody: passionate politics. Cambridge, MA:
South End Press, 2000. 55-60. Print.
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