15 Black Feminist Books for Everyone

Solidarity may be for white women and black power for black men, but these books are for everybody.

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Blacks (Third World Press)

Gwendolyn Brooks' collection of poems explores the everyday life of black Chicago. It also includes her novel "Maud Martha," in which readers are introduced to a self-aware and determined black woman facing the realities of being black in 1940s Chicago.

4. 'Black Girls Are From the Future,' by Renina Jarmon

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Black Girls Are From the Future (Renina Jarmon)

Renina Jarmon coined the term #blackgirlsarefromthefuture. Her first book is a collection of essays on the digital humanities and the intersection of race and gender. I'm sure her work will enter the canon of black feminist writing.

5. 'Their Eyes Were Watching God,' by Zora Neale Hurston

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Their Eyes Were Watching God (Wikipedia Commons)

Often lauded as the first black feminist work of fiction, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, a love story between Janie and Teacake, shows that black women can make their own decisions, unapologetically.

6. 'Black Feminist Thought,' by Patricia Hill Collins

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Black Feminist Thought (Amazon.com)
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