15 Black Feminist Books for Everyone

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

Posted:
 
(Continued from Page 1)
gwendolyn575djs81414
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

reninajarmon575djs81413
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

zoranealehurston575djs81413
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

patriciahc575djs81413
Black Feminist Thought (Amazon.com)
Comments
The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.