As an organizer, author, writer, scholar-activist, and elected authentic, Barbara Smith has performed key roles in a number of social justice pursuits, together with Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and homosexual liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.
Her 4 many years of grassroots activism cast collaborations that brought the concept that oppression has to be fought on quite a few fronts at the same time, together with gender, race, classification, and sexuality. via combining hard-to-find ancient files with new unpublished interviews with fellow activists, this e-book uncovers the deep roots of today's identification politics and intersectionality and serves as a vital primer for practising team spirit and resistance.
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Our guidance counselor was in touch with Charles McCarthy [an official at Yale’s Cooperative Program for Educational Opportunity]. When he saw our PSAT * scores, he called Miss White up and he said, “Have them apply to every single school they want to,” and they paid our application fees. Interview with Barbara Ransby Barbara Ransby: Can you tell me a bit about your experience in the Civil Rights movement? Barbara Smith: I always describe it as my first movement and the one that has been most formative of my perspective about organizing, politics, and justice.
Occupy Wall Street, one of the most hopeful recent efforts in the United States, was nevertheless beset with issues of classism, sexism, racism, and homophobia. It is not the first movement to earnestly struggle with these issues, and it won’t be the last. But how do the organizations, coalitions, and movements we are building attend to issues of hierarchy, leadership, and transparency? How do we build new ways of being with each other that incorporate fairness, respect, and accountability across our differences?
We got the Black newspaper that was published once a week. We had magazines. As you can tell, we were not dirt poor. Of course, my grandmother, who was born in 1887, whenever we would ask for something, either money or some object, she said, we’re poor people. [laughs] The family was obviously doing better than they had been in Georgia. My dear uncle—who died in 2001, outliving his sisters by many decades—said that the house they had down in Dublin, you could look down and see the earth through the floorboards and you could look up at the ceiling and see the sky.
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