On Thursday, April 20th at 6:30 PM EST, join Black Women Radicals for an upcoming Zoom event honoring the 40th anniversary of Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology! This event honors Black feminist pioneers, Barbara Smith, editor of Home Girls and contributors to the anthology, Alexis De Veaux, Cheryl Clarke, and Jewelle Gomez.
You can register for the event here: https://bit.ly/homegirls40
40 years ago, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, was published in 1983 by Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press–the first publishing house in North America devoted exclusively to publishing works by women of color. Edited by Black feminist icon Barbara Smith, Home Girls is a pioneering anthology that established the saliency of Black feminist literature, scholarship, experiences, and perspectives.
In 2000, the anthology was reissued by Rutgers University Press. Featuring profound essays and poems by Black feminists and lesbian activists, organizers, and educators, Home Girls is a literary classic that not only politicized a generation of Black feminists then and now but is an essential text examining the power of the Black feminist radical tradition.
Featured honorees Barbara Smith, Alexis De Veaux, Cheryl Clarke, and Jewelle Gomez will offer remarks on the 40th anniversary of Home Girls. An intergenerational cohort of Black feminists will offer remarks on the power of Home Girls: Carole Boyce Davies. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Shana L. Redmond, Briona Simone Jones, Bettina Judd, Krystal Leaphart, Naomi Simmons-Thorne, Maya Marshall, Nala Simone Toussaint, emerald faith, and Micha Broadnax.
The full list of contributors to Home Girls includes: Tania Abdulahad, Donna Allegra, Barbara A. Banks, Becky Birtha, Julie Carter, Cenen, Cheryl Clarke, Michelle Cliff, Michelle T. Clinton, Willie M. Coleman, Toi Derricotte, Alexis De Veaux, Jewelle L. Gomez, Akasha (Gloria) Hull, Patricia Jones, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Raymina Y. Mays, Deidre McCalla, Chirlane McCray, Pat Parker, Linda C. Powell, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Spring Redd, Gwendolyn Rogers, Kate Rushin, Ann Allen Shockley, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Shirley O. Steele, Luisah Teish, Jameelah Waheed, Alice Walker, and Renita Weems.