OK, I should be getting up and getting ready for school but I had to post this article from earlier this year. It’s written by Cherise ‘Resse’ Charleswell, the host of Blog Talk Radio show Wombanist Views that highlights ‘the voices of women, who are doing positive and exciting things in their communities‘ — A hem, I was once a guest.
I know that there are a lot of Black women out there who aren’t exactly sure what the conversation on Black feminism has been or is today, and so if you are unable or if you do not have time to read some of the texts from history’s past or present, or hear some oral stories (which, all of this is mandatory in my opinion), then The Origins and Continued Relevancy of Black Feminist Thought in the United States, is an good place to start. In addition to being exceptional conveyed and encompassing (she is a phenomenal writer), Reese Charleswell provides information on the history of Black feminism, beginning as far back as Sojourner Truth, and encompasses the complexities that stem from thoughts on Malcolm X, to ‘Feminism, White Women & Heirarchy’ and many others.
Here is the beginning of the article:
‘Academics, second-wave, and third-wave feminists would likely agree that the Black Feminist movement grew out of, and more importantly, in response to, the Black Liberation Movement (itself an out-growth of the Civil Rights Movement), and the Women’s Movement taking place in the United States and the West. The title of the groundbreaking anthology, All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But some of us are Brave , published in 1982, and edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, perfectly illustrates the sentiments behind the need for the development of the Black Feminist Movement. In short, Black women were being marginalized and openly discriminated against in both movements, and they were finding it difficult or impossible to build solidarity with those who were also acting as their oppressors. All too often, “black” was equated with black men and “woman” was equated with white women; and the end result of this was that black women were an invisible group whose existence and needs were (and many would rightfully argue continues) to be ignored.’
You can read the rest of it here on The Hampton Institute website.
P.S. Reese Charleswell is also editing a text called Walking in the Feminine: A Stepping into our Shoes Anthology, and currently has a call for submissions on various topics dealing with ‘wombanist views’. Here’s the link for more info.