15 Black Feminist Books for Everyone

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

Sister Citizen, Melissa Harris-Perry; Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde; Black Girls Are From the Future, Renina Jarmon (Amazon.com)

Sister Citizen (Amazon.com)

I am a “stan” for Melissa Harris-Perry. In this book, she delves into the four tropes of black women — Jezebel, Mammy, Sapphire and Strong Black Woman — and presents her thesis of the “crooked room” that black women live in because of the multiple oppressions they face. This is an important read for contemporary feminists.

3. ‘Blacks,’ by Gwendolyn Brooks

Blacks (Third World Press)

Gwendolyn Brookscollection 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

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.