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Featured Reading List: Angela Y. Davis
Davis at Juneteenth shut down of Port of Oakland, June 2020. - Accessed from Angela Davis Facebook page.
Cornell University Library's Angela Davis Research Guide is a great place to find an up to date, annotated list of her publications.
While you won't be able to access books directly from this guide, you can decide which you'd like to read first, then Ask a Librarian for help locating the book in digital format.
Freedom is a Constant Struggle is available as an e-book from Skyline College Library.
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today's struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine. Facing a world of outrageous injustice, Davis challenges us to imagine and build the movement for human liberation. And in doing so, she reminds us that "Freedom is a constant struggle."
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2016
Spotlight on Audre Lorde
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Audre Lorde, 1934-1992
Poet, essayist, and lecturer Audre Lorde spent a lifetime exploring the pleasures and pain of being a black woman in America. Lorde's was an essential voice in African American letters. Her work bravely confronted some of the most important crises in American society: racism, homophobia, the insensitivity of the health care system, relations between the sexes, and parenthood. (Gale in Context: Biography)
Sister Outsider by Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, “Sister Outsider” celebrates an influential voice in 20th-century literature. In this collection of 15 essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. These landmark writings are, in Lorde's own words, a call to "never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is . . . "
Call Number: Audio E-Book
Publication Date: 2007
The Selected Works of Audre Lorde by Self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde is an unforgettable voice in 20th-century literature, and one of the first to center the experiences of black, queer women. This essential reader showcases her indelible contributions to intersectional feminism, queer theory, and critical race studies in 12 landmark essays and more than 60 poems--selected and introduced by one of our most powerful contemporary voices on race and gender, Roxane Gay. Among the essays included here are: "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action," "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House," "I Am Your Sister," and excerpts from “A Burst of Light.” The poems are drawn from Lorde's nine volumes, including “The Black Unicorn” and “From a Land Where Other People Live.”
Publication Date: 2020
Zami: a New Spelling of My Name by "ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author's vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde's work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page."--Off Our Backs
Publication Date: 1982
Ain't I a Woman by A classic work of feminist scholarship, “Ain't I a Woman” has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, Hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar's bookshelf.
Call Number: E-audiobook
Publication Date: 2019
Hood Feminism by A potent and electrifying critique of today's feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in Black feminism. Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord, and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hyper-sexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.
Call Number: PLS e-book
Publication Date: 2020
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