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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Patricia Hill Collins' book is a standard text for anyone studying black feminism. Black Feminist Thought explores black women's double burden of racial and gender discrimination and sets a framework for understanding the issues they face.

7. 'Killing the Black Body,' by Dorothy Roberts

Killing the Black Body (Amazon.com)

Dorothy Roberts' work focuses on the impact of social policy on black women. From reproductive issues to "welfare reform," black women have often suffered the brunt of these political decisions.

8. 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black,' by Lorraine Hansberry

To Be Young, Gifted and Black (Amazon.com)

If I could invite anyone to dinner, it would be Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry was an ardent feminist way before the Second Wave. This collection of her writing and letters is an important look into the mind of a young, black and feminist woman ahead of her time.

9. 'This Bridge Called My Back,' by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa

This Bridge Called My Back (Wikipedia Commons)

Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa edited this collection of writings by feminists of color. My favorite line in the book comes from poet Kate Rushin: Women of color "do more translating than the gawdamn UN."