Black Feminist Library
The Seattle/Black Feminist Library is a lending library available to the community and currently has a small collection of movies, films, documentaries, texts and audiobooks. You can borrow anything on the list whenever you want — all you have to do is check them out at their central location. We think it’s super important to have spaces dedicated to highlighting work done by and about Black feminists, Black women who are feminists, Black feminist theory, Womanism and those that encompass very strong elements of these perspectives — viewing things — history, thoughts, fiction and non-fiction and various ideas via a particular vantage point.
We recognize that people of the Black and African diaspora around the world, contribute to the conversation which means our scope expands beyond U.S. boundaries. Our goal is to highlight how Black & Afro-feminisms are practiced, narrated, and produced on a global basis and have this reflected in our library.
Here’s the reason the library exists
- Have safe space dedicated exclusively to Black feminism, Black feminist theory, and Womanism — with material that encompasses direct and very strong elements of these.
- Provide an additional site of analysis. Most often, Black feminism is looked at largely via an academic lens — in textbooks and in scholarly journals. Although the SBF Library will eventually expand to include texts and other material, at this point we highlight video since we believe it provides the opportunity to understand Black feminism via a different vantage point. It also recognizes there are different areas of access for those who are not affiliated with academic institutions, and for those who may have a different learning ability that what is usually assumed with placing large concepts of Black feminism in written texts.
- Support independent artists, Black feminists, Black women who are feminists and others who create, across genres of fiction and non-fiction, and produce material that more closely reflects our lived experiences.
- Create a sense of pride in those who watch what is in our collection.
- Foster community engagement via a central meeting place. Those who patronize the SBF Library will meet with others and share space that will help bolster ties in the community.
- Inspire Black feminists and those interested in Black feminism to find new ways tell their stories.
- Inspire Black feminists and those interested in Black feminism to incite social change.
- Disrupt our exposure to white people. The white male and white female narratives that are entirely too prevalent in mainstream media, and forced down our throats on a daily basis.