Black women and their commitment to freedom and equality has often been minimized in history books. However, with black women standing at the front of each decade, the intersectionality of gender, sexual orientation, and class has become a point of grave importance. Working through the Civil Rights era and beyond, black women were instrumental in increasing awareness on a diverse pool of relevant issues.
In the 1970s, black women forced the nation to understand the duality of being a woman and black. Angela Davis, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison pushed a narrative that required people to understand gender thought the context of race.
In this series of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Brittney Cooper of Rutgers University, we’ll dive deeper into how black feminism paved the way for modern movements and the black experience as we know it.
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Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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