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But Some of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women's Studies

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This ground-breaking collection provides hours of enjoyment for the general reader and a wealth of materials needed to develop course units on black women; political theory, literary essays on major writers, guidelines for consciousness-raising about racism, and surveys of black women's contributions to the blues. "Important and innovative."--Feminist Bookstore News ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published 1986)
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Tressie Mcphd
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have a complicated history with feminism that is probably not unique for a post-civil rights/black power movement black woman. But, all issues with the word feminism aside, I recognized myself too much in these essays to deny that whether I like it or not, I am constantly inhabiting multiple worlds. If the black man's plight is double-consciousness the black woman's must be a quad-consciousness. Michele Wallace's essay could well be my life save the 15 pounds she actually lost. She ends her es ...more
Craig Cunningham
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book exemplifies the early specifc work done in the area of African American feminism. I loved the book, and have often had the opportunity to read it over and over again. Also, looking at this text as a required reading in my African American History Class. Superb!!!
Carmen Slaughter
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book for years but ever so often I revisit it. I'm always inspired and amazed when I do. Essential reading for men and women of all backgrounds. ...more
Ernest Sneed
This is the text that is the foundation for the creation of black feminist studies in the university setting. The book gives a framework to understand the impact of races, sex, and class status on the African American woman. This book is a very important historical document and political statement for African American women and an understanding of the importance of the "examined life" for black women. ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
But Some Of Us Are Brave is a wonderful introduction to Black feminist history. I've read a number of anthologies of Black feminist theory which skim over the earlier history of a Black women's feminism in the backdrop of the movements 50s and 60s. Maybe with a few notes or an essay you'll be introduced to the origins of the school of thought but because Black feminism covers such a wide-range, I often read anthologies that are focused much more heavily on the work of later scholars.

What I appre
Amazing. These women wrote stuff that is still so relevant today, brilliantly tackling the intersection of racism and sexism and the unique experiences black women live in our society. There are a lot of different essays with very strong voices analyzing every angle. Must read. Absolutely phenomenal.
Camilla Lyons
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even thought, I just started to read it. I find the book very in depth with our issues of yesterday and today. I think this book should be on every black woman and men shelves.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The section on black women writers phenomenal. I was enjoying this section so much that I slowed down my reading to savor the essays.

Bottom line: GET THIS BOOK NOW!
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read book for anyone seeking to engage seriously and critically in the Black feminist space.
Jun 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-school
An interesting portrait of the moment when black women's studies was beginning to come into its own...a great book for understanding the historiography of the field in the mid-1980s. ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So many of the points of view expressed in the essays in this book are still applicable and accurate today. Specifically that feminism needs to be intersectional.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really important book, but not always easy reading. There are some wonderful essays, especially Alice Walker's "A Child of One's Own". In the process of supporting the study of intersectionality before the term even existed, though, there are pieces like bibliographies and course syllabi, and reading over them can drag.

That being said, some of those bibliographies in their descriptions really give an idea of the work that was necessary, and in how rewarding it could be. This was espec
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Direct, deeply felt, and sorely needed. I skimmed through the bibliographies and course offerings, but the rest - the pieces underscoring the need for intersectional social movements and the "engaged" rather than the "objective" analysis of black women throughout history - made this a skillful work. ...more
Aug 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 50, feminism, non-fiction
A lot of it is bibliographies and syllabi, advice for classwork and so on. Awesome for that purpose but not a text for a casual reader. I will definitely be using the bibliographies to find more books.
Ghadah Al_bariqi
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Black woman searching for her identity and proving her autonomy.
Jacqueline Roebuck
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
an excellent reflection of the gaps that occurred in the feminist movement between european american women and women of color
Cara Byrne
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
An incredibly important collection framing Black women's studies and noting the many unrecognized contributions of Black women in America during the last four hundred years. ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read on a Kindle. I need to get it in print because there is so much to save and reread.
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Paul Brooks
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful and insightful book of articles on the sentiments of black women. And although the book itself is fantastic, simply a meditation on the title near the brings me to tears. "All the women are white, all the blacks are men, but some of us are brave". ...more
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An indispensable resource - part essay collection, bibliography/archive, syllabus full of incredible academic work done on Black women's studies. ...more
Doris Raines
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every single Black woman needs to have this in her library.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Mary Sisney
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn’t read the last part of this book because it consists of course syllabi and clearly outdated bibliographies (it was published in 1982). However, I enjoyed many of the essays. Michele Wallace’s discussion of her years as an undergraduate “searching for sisterhood” and Alice Walker’s memories of being a young mother teaching a new course in black women writers at Wellesley were especially interesting. But my favorite essay was Michele Russell’s “Slave Codes and Liner Notes,” which focused o ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stellar commentary. Insightful for the time when it was originally published and still very a relevant reaction to mainstream middle class straight white feminism.
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Akasha Gloria Hull (born December 6, 1944) is a poet, educator, writer, and critic whose work in African-American literature and as a Black feminist activist has helped shape Women’s Studies. As one of the architects of Black Women's Studies, her scholarship and activism has increased the prestige, legitimacy, respect, and popularity of feminism and African-American studies.

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“We cannot change our lives by teaching solely about 'exceptions' to the ravages of white-male oppression.” 0 likes
“Coldly 'objective' scholarship that changes nothing is not what we strive for. 'Objectivity' is itself an example of the reification of white-male thought. What could be less objective than the totally white-male studies which are still considered 'knowledge'? Everything that human beings participate in is ultimately subjective and biased, and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. The bias of Black women's studies must consider as primary the knowledge that will save Black women's lives.” 0 likes
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