Note: Lorde’s work describes the relationship between South African Apartheid and American racism. Woo discusses divestment of US corporations and holdings in South Africa and the turn of attention to eliminating racism worldwide. They connect the largely unchecked white supremacy of both countries and note the rise of freedom fighting by Black and people of color that emerges as a counter to that supremacy.
Note: Audre Lorde, Black lesbian feminist, co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press in 1980. In #2 of the Freedom Organizing Pamphlet Series, "an African American and an Asian American poet make the connections between South African apartheid and North American racism. I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities is a printed version of a lecture delivered by Lorde at Medgar Evers College in NYC. The acclaimed author challenges homophobia as a divisive force, particularly among Black women.
Full title: Narrative of Sojourner Truth : a northern slave, emancipated from bodily servitude by the state of New York, in 1828 : with a portrait.
Note: Sojourner Truth (1795-1883) was originally a Dutch-speaking slave in Hurley, New York (Ulster County) who became one of the nineteenth century's most eloquent voices for the causes of anti-slavery and women's rights. Moving to New York City, she became involved in Evangelical religious and moral reform activities and began preaching at camp-meetings around the city. By 1832, she had come under the influence of the self-styled utopian prophet, Matthias, whom she helped to support with her savings and labor.
Note: In this volume of poetry, activist poet Lizelia Moorer, a teacher at South Carolina’s first black college, presents a sweeping portrayal of the nature of racial oppression. She confronts lynching, debt peonage, rape, segregation, and the hypocrisy of the church.
Note: A Voice from the South (1892) is the only book published by one of the most prominent African American women scholars and educators of her era. In it, she engages a variety of issues ranging from women's rights to racial progress, from segregation to literary criticism.She became the fourth African American woman to earn a doctoral degree, earning a PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Biographies of Lucy Craft Laney, Maggie Lena Walker, Julie Porter Barrett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, and Jane Edna Hunter.
Note: This book profiles significant African American women of the early 20th century who built institutions for the African American community. The dust jacket features the artwork of Lois Mailou Jones.