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Building Womanist CoalitionsWriting and Teaching in the Spirit of Love$
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Gary L. Lemons

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042423

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042423.001.0001

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“Womanist Is to Feminist as Purple Is to Lavender” Writing in Solidarity across Shades of Difference

(p.1) Introduction
Building Womanist Coalitions
Gary L. Lemons
University of Illinois Press

Womanist: 1. From womanish… . A black feminist orfeminist of color…. 2. Also: A woman who loves otherwomen, sexually and/or nonsexually…. Sometimes lovesindividual men sexually and/or nonsexually. Committedto survival and wholeness of entire people, male andfemale…. Not a separatist…. Traditionally universalist,as in: “Mama, why are we brown, pink, and yellow, and ourcousins are white, beige, and black?” Ans.: “Well, you knowthe colored race is just like a flower garden, with every colorflower represented.” Traditionally capable, as in: “Mama,I’m walking to Canada and I’m taking you and a bunch ofother slaves with me.” Reply: “It wouldn’t be the first time.”3. Loves music. Loves dance. Loves the moon. ...

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