A Black Feminism Syllabus For FLOTUS Doubters

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  • The 411 Black Feminism
  • Private Politics and Public Voices: Black Women’s Activism from World War I to the New Deal
  • Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement
  • Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
  • A Voice from the South
  • Women, Race, & Class
  • Ida: A Sword Among Lions
  • When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America
  • Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought
  •  Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America
  •  Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
  • Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
  • To ‘Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women’s Lives and Labors After the Civil War
  • Still Brave: The Evolution of Black Women's Studies
  • Some of Us Did Not Die
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
  • Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power
  • When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down
  • Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement
  • Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women
  • For colored girls who have considered suicide, when the rainbow is enuf
  • Assata: An Autobiography
  • Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Black Women’s Health Activism in America, 1890-1950.
  • The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The 411 on Black Feminism

Politico's article entitled “Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama Became a Feminist Nightmare,” by Michelle Cottle ignited a firestorm among Americans, in particularly African-American political expert and author Melissa Harris-Perry. Harris-Perry penned an open letter to Cottle, “ripping her a new one” for her racial connotations which inferred that Obama was steering clear of the "Angry Black Woman" stereotype. Aside from shutting down more of Cottle's theories about the first lady, Harris-Perry promised to draft a syllabus of reading materials on African-American feminism and BET.com has it here for you. — Dominique Zonyéé

(Photos from left: Heidi Gutman/NBC, Jason Reed/Reuters)

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