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Barbara Smith is a black lesbian feminist socialist author, activist, and publisher. As a teenager she participated in Civil Rights Movement boycotts, marches, and protests. In 1974, she became a founding member of the Combahee River Collective in Boston, and with her twin sister Beverly penned the iconic Combahee River Collective Statement in 1977. This statement was one of the first written analyses and examinations of the way that identities and oppressions intersect, as it pointed out racism in the feminist movement and heterosexism in the black community and movement, and unabashedly articulated lesbian sexuality. Smith later co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, after realizing that woman scholars of color were denied equal opportunity to have their work published. She edited books like Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology (1983), which was new and important because it presented black lesbian voices. When her press enjoyed great success, more mainstream publishers began publishing the work of female scholars of color more. She continues to teach, speak, and serve communities.

 

Source: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/smith-barbara-1946

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