What To Read After the March for Black Women

 
Jamia Wilson (second from left) and members of the Move to End Violence team

Jamia Wilson (second from left) and members of the Move to End Violence team

Feminist Press Executive Director Jamia Wilson joins fellow activists at the March for Black Women

This past weekend, on September 30, Feminist Press Executive Director Jamia Wilson joined hundreds of fellow demonstrators at the March for Black Women in Washington DC. Jamia participated as a steering committee member of the march, which was organized by Black Women’s Blueprint, Trans Sistas of Color Project, Black Youth Project, and SisterSong. The march aimed to create dedicated space for black women within the March for Racial Justice, highlighting the fact that the oppression faced by black women is specific in terms of both race and gender. Jamia described the event as a “powerful celebration of our community, our dignity, and righteous resistance.”

While part of being an activist or ally depends on physically showing up, another key part is taking the responsibility of educating yourself and your communities on the lived experiences of groups other than your own. We must center the voices of black women and to do that, we must read and share their stories. To follow up on the work of Jamia and the other black women activists who marched on Saturday, here’s our suggestions for further reading. These titles cover a range of themes relevant to black women’s experiences, from utopic imaginings to discussions of the intersection between feminism and hip hop.


But Some of Us Are Brave
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But Some of Us Are Brave
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Edited by Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith
This beloved, groundbreaking collection developed black women's studies in the US.

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Still Brave
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Still Brave
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Edited by Stanlie M. James, Frances Smith Foster, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall
The Evolution of Black Women's Studies
 

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The Feminist Utopia Project
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The Feminist Utopia Project
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Edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future
 

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Daddy Was a Number Runner
13.56 16.95

Louise Meriwether
"[A] tough, tender, bitter novel of a black girl struggling toward womanhood."

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Avie's Dreams
9.56 11.95

Makeda Lewis
An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book

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The Crunk Feminist Collection
19.96 24.95

Edited by Brittney C. Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robin M. Boylorn
Essays on hip-hop feminism.

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Radical Reproductive Justice
23.96 29.95

Edited by Loretta J. Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater Toure
Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique

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I Still Believe Anita Hill
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Edited by Amy Richards and Cynthia Greenberg 
The nation's most notable feminists, organizers, and scholars reflect on the Clarence Thomas hearings.
 

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Let us know which of these you plan to start on next and what other books by black women you’ve been reading and sharing lately.

 
Lucia Brown