The Root Recommends: 'Black Feminist Politics From Kennedy to Obama'

A book tries to unravel the intimate relationship between race, gender and politics.

Palgrave Macmillan

Duchess Harris' Black Feminist Politics From Kennedy to Obama looks candidly at the role of black women in American politics, beginning with their struggle to gain political influence amid rigid opposition during the civil rights era and beyond. Harris paints a picture of black feminist mobilization beyond the walls of Congress or the White House, rallying black feminist leverage in literature and theater.

Harris illustrates through arguments and anecdotes the need for frank discussions of race and gender in order to achieve a postracial and gender-equal political landscape. While Black Feminist Politics may be a little pedantic for some, its captivating discussions of race, gender and politics may enlighten even the leisure reader.

Previous recommendation: 'The First Grader.'

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