By Angela A. Ards

A literary and political family tree of the final half-century, Words of Witness explores black feminist autobiographical narratives within the context of activism and historical past because the landmark 1954 segregation case, Brown v. Board of schooling. Angela A. Ards examines how activist writers, particularly 5 whose memoirs have been released within the Nineties and 2000s, crafted those existence tales to interact and form innovative, post-Brown politics.
            Exploring works by way of the severely acclaimed June Jordan and Edwidge Danticat, in addition to by way of renowned and rising authors akin to Melba Beals, Rosemary Bray, and Eisa Davis, Ards demonstrates how every one textual content asserts countermemories to official—and frequently nostalgic—understandings of the civil rights and Black strength hobbies. She situates every one author as activist-citizen, adopting and remaking specific roles—warrior, “the least of these,” immigrant, hip-hop head—to crystallize quite a number black feminist responses to pressing yet unresolved political issues.

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