Honoring the Black Feminists of Our Time: Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde, and bell hooks

When I think of profound, articulate, phenomenal, and creative women, I think of bell hooks, Maya Angelou, and Audre Lorde. These women paved the way for many black women to take action and critically think about feminism and womanhood in America. Not only did their work inspire people around the United States but it helped to create a new paradigm of thinking about humanity across the globe. I’m honored to share the work and history of these women in honor of Black History Month 

Maya Angelou

“When you learn,

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Black in San Francisco: Housing Discrimination, Racism, and Displacement

In 2015, San Francisco’s Point-in-Time Homeless Count reported 6,686 sheltered and unsheltered homeless adults, as well as 853 unsheltered homeless youth, for a total of 7,539 people constituting San Francisco’s homeless population in 2015. Thirty-nine percent of the homeless population counted is white, which is a small fraction compared to San Francisco’s 53 percent overall white population, while 36 percent of the homeless population counted is Black, which is a disproportionate number compared to San Francisco’s 6 percent Black population.

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[Poetry] 7-Letter Words for Black History Month

H-A-R-R-I-E-T .

                        M-A-L-C-O-L-M.

                                                  T-R-A-Y-V-O-N.

 

Weapons. Handgun. Bullets. Gunshot. Unarmed. Teenage.

Murders. Racists. Defends. Upholds.

Lawyers. Answers.

Nothing.

Objects. Inhuman. Ignores.

Witness.  Witless. Account. Useless. Protect.

Falsify. Testify. Justify.

Outrage. Protest. Agitate. Revolts.

Explode.

Failure. Beliefs. Silence.

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[Poetry] Reparations

I shout out to the rugged mountains of Tennessee….

I screamed in muddy bayou of Louisiana…

The slave trade led to propaganda….

Old dirty, dirty south you were never there for me…

Yet you sing sweet songs, sweet songs of liberty…

Life less bodies hanging from chest nut trees is

what I remember about the south…

Fishing black bodies out that bayou no doubt…

Why just last night I witnessed a lynching…

White men with sheets over their heads crying redemption…

My people have been killed burned and desecrated…

Denied their rights and discriminated…

We tended the fields of wheat,

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The Black Trans Activist We Should All Know: Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson

Marsha P. Johnson (“P” standing for “Pay it no mind”) is one of the mothers of the trans and queer liberation movement who is often erase in mainstream narratives of gay pride. Marsha grew up in New York City and New Jersey, where she lived on the streets, often times without a permanent home or stable living situation. She was a prominent and revered activist between the 60s to the 90s.

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