Black feminism thought is expansive and is perceived differently through various lenses. Realistically black feminism, (or womanism) is the only feminist movement inclusive to all women. When the black woman is viewed as inherently valuable, everyone else is seen as valuable.
There is no liberation movement that hasn’t passed through the hands of the black woman.
This is a fiction and non-fiction mix of works that offer alternative ways of thinking about Black womanhood. These bookd reject and/or explore the gender mandates of domesticity, challenge the concept of freedom for Black women, marriage, motherhood, platonic and romantic love. A few books integrate politics and the historical evolution of feminism. The included non-fiction explores how the initial feminist movement has consistently inflicted trauma on black women and has vindictively used black women as muse for liberation steeped in racist ideology.
These books have all played a hand in the blooming of Black feminist literacy criticism, investigating common historical and contemporary stereotypes of Black women and giving voice to various silhouettes of womanhood.
If you are interested in black feminism, and may not be ready for a massive stack of non-fiction reads, this is a great way to start.
As you explore ask yourself:
Can a feminist movement be a feminist movement if it is not inclusive to all women?
Perhaps feminism hasn’t fully existed until black women began reclaiming their voice and defining their freedom.