Must Read Books: Women, Race and Class by Angela Y. Davis (Random House, 1981)
I feel that, “Women, Race & Class”, by Angela Davis is a powerful study of feminist movements in the U.S from the days of slavery up until the Civil Rights era. It is a must-read, as it is important for us to acknowledge our past in order to progress.
Angela Davis is a world renowned social activist, scholar & author. She has not only lived through and participated in many historical struggles such as the Civil Rights Movement, but was also placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List in 1970 under false charges as a result of her social activism.
Ronald Reagan once stated that Angela Davis would never teach in the University of California system again, due to her affiliations with various social activist groups such as The Black Panthers. Today she not only is a distinguished professor at the University of California, but she has lectured in all of the 50 states, as well as Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the former Soviet Union. She has written nine books and her essay publications are endless.
Davis’ ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression has spearheaded her as a champion of intersectional feminism.
“Black feminism emerged as a theoretical and practical effort demonstrating that race, gender and class are inseparable in the social worlds we inhabit. At the time of its emergence, black women were frequently asked to choose whether the black movement or the women’s movement was most important. This was the wrong question. The more appropriate question was how to understand the intersections and interconnections between the two movements. We are still faced with the challenge of understanding the complex ways that race, class, gender, sexuality, nation and ability are intertwined—but also how we move beyond these categories to understand the interrelationships of ideas and processes that seem to be separate and unrelated.”
-Angela Davis, Interview with Frank Barat for The Nation, 2014