Yesterday, we highlighted the work of Maria W. Stewart, an abolitionist whose passionate speeches and prose inspires the work of many Black feminists today. One Black feminist scholar who writes about Maria W. Stewart and other Black feminists of history is sociologist Patricia Hill Collins, author of Black Feminist Thought.
Collins gives an outline of the various ways Black women practice Black feminism in her 1996 Black Scholar article "What's in a name? Womanism, black feminsim, and beyond." Collins published this piece as Black feminism entered the academy through the writing of scholars like bell hooks, Angela Davis, and Alice Walker to name a few. She writes of Black feminism at the time: "Current debates about whether black women's standpoint should be named "womanism" or "black feminism" reflect this basic challenge of accommodating diversity among black women." (Collins 1996:9).
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