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How We Get Free

Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

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The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today's struggles.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781608468553
Characteristics: 191 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta


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aeneh Feb 12, 2019

I love this book. Lesser known/discussed Boston history of social movements in the 70s led by Black feminist, queer, socialists—what more could you ask for?! Seriously though, this is an important read for today’s #Blacklivesmatter and #MeToo movement moment. So many lessons about how to fight multiple oppressions while never giving up on solidarity with people who face different struggles from your own. And the interviews with heroes like Demita Frazier and Barbara Smith are some of the most relatable activist stories I’ve ever read. They each start from their personal experience facing racism, sexism, and homophobia and then really draw out how those experiences led them to fight for freedom for themselves and others.

LPL_DirectorBrad Oct 10, 2018

This book is required reading for all humans. You should maybe even read it to your cats and dogs, too.

The Combahee River Collective Statement is a bedrock document of Black feminism from 1977. It is an essential primary source document in American history. After the statement, we get recent long-form interviews by Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with three of the writers of the statement, sisters Barbara and Beverly Smith, and Demita Frazier. Also included is in-depth with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and the transcription of a short talk given by the celebrated scholar Barbara Ransby.

This is book will not take you long to read, but it will give you lots and lots to chew on and ponder. Read this book right now.

DBRL_ReginaF Apr 24, 2018

This is such a great topic but I have to admit that the rambling interview style wore me down.


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