14 Books For Black Feminist

Alexis14National Women’s Month is going strong.

1. In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, by Alice Walker

Walker pens essays that cover topics from womanhood to motherhood to feminism and more.

2. Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks

Hooks, known for being an evocative writer, provides a critical analysis of black activism and white feminism’s neglect of black women.

3. Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

In these essays and speeches from the prolific lesbian poet, Lorde challenges homophobia, sexism, racism, classism, and ageism in addition to calling for action and change.

4. Sister Citizen, by Melissa Harris-Perry

Harris-Perry breaks down the many degrading stereotypes faced by black women in America, and charts the difficult road to confronting and changing them.

5. Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Davis

Davis analyzes the women’s movement from abolitionist times to the modern day, and critiques the racism and classism demonstrated by its leaders.

6. When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost, by Joan Morgan

Morgan speaks on feminism with the voice of the hip-hop generation, examining the contradictions present in black feminism and how modern black culture affects black women.

7. Homegirls: A Black Feminist Anthology, edited by Barbara Smith

The radical lives of black women take center stage in this compilation of essays by black feminists and lesbian activists.

8. Assata: An Autobiography, by Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur is a revolutionary who put everything on the line fighting for a cause she believed in. These reflections on her life of activism and participation in the Black Power Movement are a poignant account of the American black woman’s experience.

9. When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America, by Paula J. Giddings

Giddings’ book is a testament to the extraordinary impact of black women throughout American history, which is often overlooked.

10. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay

In this witty and, at times, all-out-funny collection of essays, Gay takes us through her own journey into womanhood as well as a journey through what it means to be a woman in American culture.

11. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange

Shange’s choreopoem is an ode to the strength, resilience and courage of black women, and takes a hard look at some of their struggles.

12. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness & the Literary Imagination, by Toni Morrison

This work identifies and speaks to the role black people played in creating some of literature’s great works—a revolutionary analysis in a canon that often ignores our existence.

13. The Black Woman: An Anthology, edited by Toni Cade Bambara

This compilation of essays from celebrated black female writers covers sex, body image, politics, and more.

14. This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color, edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

This volume features voices that are often silenced in mainstream America and exposes the stories of women left out of history books.

 

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  • BrownBooks&GreenTea

    Sister Outsider is one of my favorite books ever. I’d also add Words of Fire, edited by Beverly Guy Sheftall, and anything by Patricia Hill Collins.

  • Classy Green

    We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    I loved Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay