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Building Womanist Coalitions: Writing and Teaching in the Spirit of Love

Gary L. Lemons


This book is a visionary illustration of the life-transforming soul-work of body of pro-womanists. Its purpose promotes writings by women and men of color having come together in solidarity as models of activist-consciousness. The contributors to this collection embody shades of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, and nation-state affiliations centered in womanist “universal[ism].” Including writings by teachers/professors, students, and creative artists (poets as well as actors/directors)—they collectively exemplify an unwavering defense of human rights and social justice. Communicat ... More

Keywords: visionary, solidarity, womanist, womanism, coalition, transformation, activism, universalism, liberation, race, gender, sexuality, class, culture, religion, spirituality, human rights, social justice, border-crossing, bridge-building, activism, alliance, inclusion, comrade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042423
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary L. Lemons, editor
University of South Florida

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Part ITeaching in the “Universal[ist]” Spirit of Womanism

2 Coming into Being

Kendra N. Bryant

4 A Doctored Voice

Ylce Irizarry

Part IIWomanist Alliances for Human Rights and Social Justice

5 Breaking Silence

M. Jacqui Alexander and Beverly Guy-Sheftall

6 From Exile to Healing

Susie L. Hoeller

Part IIISpeaking and Acting Out in Womanist Solidarity

13 On Becoming a Feminist

Rudolph P. Byrd

14 Compelled by the Spirit

M. Thandabantu Iverson