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How We Get Free

How We Get Free

Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

eBook - 2017
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Black feminists remind us "that America's destiny is inseparable from how it treats [black women] and the nation ignores this truth at its peril" (The New York Review of Books).

Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction

"If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free." —Combahee River Collective Statement

The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today's struggles.

"A striking collection that should be immediately added to the Black feminist canon." —Bitch Media

"An essential book for any feminist library." —Library Journal

"As white feminism has gained an increasing amount of coverage, there are still questions as to how black and brown women's needs are being addressed. This book, through a collection of interviews with prominent black feminists, provides some answers." —The Independent

"For feminists of all kinds, astute scholars, or anyone with a passion for social justice, How We Get Free is an invaluable work." —Ethnic and Racial Studies Journal


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LPL_DirectorBrad Oct 10, 2018

This book is required reading for all humans. You should maybe even read it to your cats and dogs, too.

The Combahee River Collective Statement is a bedrock document of Black feminism from 1977. It is an essential primary source document in American history. After the statement, we get recent long-form interviews by Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with three of the writers of the statement, sisters Barbara and Beverly Smith, and Demita Frazier. Also included is in-depth with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and the transcription of a short talk given by the celebrated scholar Barbara Ransby.

This is book will not take you long to read, but it will give you lots and lots to chew on and ponder. Read this book right now.

DBRL_ReginaF Apr 24, 2018

This is such a great topic but I have to admit that the rambling interview style wore me down.

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