Maybe you are not familiar with the Combahee River Collective or statement, but it has undeniably shaped identity politics and movements since its inception in 1977. Because there was no guarantee the authors or the collective would survive, the statement was widely published. These careful, attentive interviews conducted by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor make for highly enjoyable reading. Such a good way to think about the shape of movements, and how the past informs the present.— From Amanda's Authors to Watch (Holiday 2018)
Winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction
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.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. Her book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Guardian, In These Times, Black Agenda Report, Ms., International Socialist Review, and other publications. Taylor is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.