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Intersectionality Theory Women of Colour

Women, Culture & Politics

Women, Culture & Politics Angela Y. Davis Random House 1984 A collection of speeches and writings by political activist Angela Davis which address the political and social changes of the past decade as they are concerned with the struggle for racial, sexual, and economic equality. “The work of the political activist inevitably involved a certain…

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Fiction Women of Colour

The Sea Birds Are Still Alive

The Sea Birds Are Still Alive Toni Cade Bambara The Women’s Press 1984 Ten stories of black life written with Toni Cade Bambara’s characteristic vigor, sensibility and winning irony. The stories range from the timid and bumbling confusion of a novice community worker in “The Apprentice” to the love-versus-politics crisis of an organizers wife, to…

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Theory Women of Colour

Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives

Common Differences: Conflicts in Black and White Feminist Perspectives Gloria I. Joseph and Jill Lewis South End Press 1986 An unprecedented analysis of an alarming schism in the women’s movement: the differences between black and white women’s perspectives, attitudes and concerns. It presents an overview of women’s status through history and discusses the vital issues…

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Autobiography Women of Colour

Angela Davis: An Autobiography

Angela Davis: An Autobiography Angela Y. Davis Random House 1974 The two women wait for the darkest part of night. Only then will they feel safe enough to leave the little house in Echo Park. Outside there may be men with guns or warrants – or both. When the dark is at its deepest, the…

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Poetry Violence Women of Colour

Womanslaughter

Womanslaughter Pat Parker Diana Press 1978 From Wikipedia: Parker’s elder sister, Shirley Jones, was shot and killed by her husband. Parker wrote the autobiographical poem, Womanslaughter, based on this event. In the poem, Parker notes that Her things were hisincluding her life. The perpetrator was convicted of “womanslaughter”, not murder, because Men cannot kill their…

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Lesbian Poetry Women of Colour

Movement in Black

Movement in Black Pat Parker Diana Press 1978 Movement In Black is a collection of poetry by Black lesbian feminist Pat Parker. The poems featured in the collection center around Parker’s experiences as a Black woman, lesbian, feminist, mother, writer, poet, and activist.  From Wikipedia: The collection was originally published by Diana Press in 1978.…

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Poetry Women of Colour

The Black Unicorn: Poems

The Black Unicorn: Poems Audre Lorde Norton 1978 Filled with rage and tenderness, Audre Lorde’s most acclaimed poetry collection speaks of mothers and children, female strength and vulnerability, renewal and revenge, goddesses and warriors, ancient magic and contemporary America. These are fearless assertions of identity, told with incantatory power. I have been womanfor a long…

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Lesbian Women of Colour

We Cannot Live Without Our Lives

We Cannot Live Without Our Lives Barbara Deming Grossman Publishers 1974 Activist-writer Barbara Deming reveals her deeply personal struggles as she confronts the problems of the 1970s: the Vietnam war, racial inequality, the never-ending battle of women against oppression, and her special experience as a lesbian. In 1979, women activists responding to the murders of…

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Fiction Women of Colour

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1970 The Bluest Eye┬áis Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue…

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Collection Lesbian Women of Colour

Black Lesbians: An Annotated Bibliography

Black Lesbians: An AnnotatedBibliography J.R. Roberts Naiad Press 1981 An annotated list of writing by and about black lesbians, compiled by J.R. Roberts. The information is categorised by the following themes:… Lives and lifestyles… Oppression, resistance, and liberation… Literature and criticism… Photographs… Music and musicians… Periodicals… Research, reference, and popular studies