As an organizer, author, writer, scholar-activist, and elected legit, Barbara Smith has performed key roles in a number of social justice activities, together with Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and homosexual liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.
Her 4 a long time of grassroots activism cast collaborations that brought the concept oppression has to be fought on a number of fronts at the same time, together with gender, race, category, and sexuality. through combining hard-to-find historic records with new unpublished interviews with fellow activists, this publication uncovers the deep roots of today's identification politics and intersectionality and serves as a vital primer for working towards unity and resistance.
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In addition, Ross is one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s and is a coauthor of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (Silliman et al. 2004). We extracted excerpts from a previously unpublished oral history that was conducted in 2003 for the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, a unique and comprehensive resource that is part of the Sophia Smith Collection at the Women’s History Archives at Smith College. Roots of Beloved Community In this section, Barbara shares how her family’s move North during the Great Migration shaped her experience of growing up in Cleveland, Ohio.
We lived on the first floor—our grandmother, our mother, our great-aunt, sometimes another great-aunt, and Beverly and myself. That’s quite a few people in a five-room suite. Our Aunt LaRue and her husband lived on the second floor. It really was all about an extended family working together: our aunt, our mother’s sister, her husband at the time, and our mother, all their incomes were flowing into this one household. The family wanted to move to this house because it was near some of the best public schools in the city.
Our grandmother was always our primary caretaker because our mother had to work, like most Black women, and particularly a Black woman who did not have a husband. So our mother, with her college degree, a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, the two jobs that she had during my young life were as a nurse’s aide and as a supermarket clerk. She was a supermarket clerk when she 16 Ain’t G on n a Let N ob o dy Tur n Me Aro un d died, with her Bachelor’s of Science in Education. That’s a typical Black woman’s story, in relationship to racism and employment, during that era, and for most of the years that we’ve been in this country.