Free to view: sister to sister: developing a black British feminist archival consciousness by Yula Burin and Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski

In this article we explore some of our experiences within feminism over the last decade, our experiences as black women working in grassroots organisations and on the frontline, and through this we explore our connection to our black British feminist heritage and our understanding of activism. We have chosen to take an autoethnograpical approach to our piece, following the black feminist tradition of describing what we think in regard to our condition, reflecting on it and using that reflection as a basis for change.

Amos and Parmar (1984: 4) state that ‘accounting for their historical and contemporary position does, in itself, challenge the use of some of the central categories and assumptions of recent feminist thought’. We know that the work is already under way, for black women are ‘not only making history but rewriting it’ (ibid.). This work of recording our experience, as Amos and Parmar assert, is crucial ‘for us Black women, for our experience is the shared experience of Black people, but it is also the shared experience of women within different class contexts. Our political responses have been and will always be shaped by that duality …’ (ibid.: 5).

Read the full article here:

Feminist Review (2014) 108, 112–119. doi:10.1057/fr.2014.24

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