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As an organizer, author, writer, scholar-activist, and elected reputable, Barbara Smith has performed key roles in a number of social justice activities, together with Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and homosexual liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.

Her 4 many years of grassroots activism solid collaborations that brought the concept that oppression needs to be fought on quite a few fronts concurrently, together with gender, race, category, and sexuality. by way of combining hard-to-find old records with new unpublished interviews with fellow activists, this publication uncovers the deep roots of today's id politics and intersectionality and serves as an important primer for training cohesion and resistance.

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This stance led me to detect the hypocrisy of elite education in the United States as I won scholarships to various Ivy League institutions. Educational scholarships were not a favor of benevolent whites for unprepared minorities but belated recompense for killing (literally and spiritually) so many talented and gifted people of color. I quickly realized that my opportunities at Columbia University were directly tied to the sacrifices of illiterate sharecroppers during the Civil Rights movement.

It’s not fair for your mother to die when you’re nine years old. I have never gotten over it. I never will. Because my family had education, because they had drive, and because they pooled their resources, we did not grow up in poverty. , uppity, stuck up]. We were a working-class, lower-middle-class family. When we were six years old, in first grade, our family made a decision to become homeowners. We moved from a house that we rented to a house that they bought and owned. It was a two-family house, 18 Ain’t G on n a Let N ob o dy Tur n Me Aro un d by no means luxurious.

In welfare rights work, not having an intersectional analysis can be deadly. It makes us blame those closest to us—our natural allies—for problems that are created by systems of domination. Based partly on insights from Barbara’s work, OKOP has chosen a different path, developing strategies that rely on an economic human rights framework and public “truth telling” to help poor, working-class, and middle-class people see shared issues and concerns across race, gender, and sexuality. Framing our work in this way has opened up vast and exciting new alliances, leading us to build coalitions with remarkable national and international organizations such as the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and the World Courts of Women, and to develop a multi-issue agenda that recognizes that a society that respects and supports mothers on public assistance is a society that encourages a fuller humanity for all people.

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