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"... I am not your negress. I am my own. And I think that is important to say amongst all this clamoring to own and have black life and death."
http://newsouthnegress.com/notyours/


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“After everything that happened, I’m not reading 1984, I’m not reading Fahrenheit 451, I’m not reading A Handmaid’s Tale. I’m reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. I feel like if we’re looking for any answers or where we’re going, it’s definitely in Octavia’s work.”
https://www.modernghana.com/news/756213/parable-of-the-sower-not-1984-is-the-dystopia-for-our-a.html#.WKddR-9vb5k.twitter

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"...'It is the very nature of this fight for civil rights and justice and equality that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent. So, we must be vigilant. Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.'” -- Kamala Harris
http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/02/16/black-woman-lead-free-world/

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Hey Guys, A Friend started a “Hands Up don’t shoot” Campaign in efforts to bring awareness to police violence, to raise money for local charities and to finance the University and College education of at risk youth. Please take a read and spread the word. Thank you http://freshkutprojects.com/index.php/home 

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Please be reminded, The Global Black Feminist Reading Circle is on break this Tuesday, 2/14/17. Enjoy!

Source:
"13 Zen-inspired Valentine’s cards you won’t see in stores,"
February 11, 2015 / By Jason at Parallax
http://www.parallax.org/zen-valentines-how-to-love/
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Session 8 of The Global Black Feminist Reading Circle features live webcasting January 10 to March 28, 2017, at 6:30 pm ET, via G+/YouTube Live; discussing “I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde,” edited by Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall. L. Michelle Odom, host.



BOOK SUMMARY:

“Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century. Her writings and speeches grappled with an impressive broad list of topics, including sexuality, race, gender, class, disease, the arts, parenting, and resistance, and they have served as a transformative and important foundation for theorists and activists in considering questions of power and social justice. Lorde embraced difference, and at each turn she emphasized the importance of using it to build shared strength among marginalized communities…I Am Your Sister is a collection of Lorde's non-fiction prose, written between 1976 and 1990, and it introduces new perspectives on the depth and range of Lorde's intellectual interests and her commitments to progressive social change. Presented here, for the first time in print, is a major body of Lorde's speeches and essays, along with the complete text of A Burst of Light and Lorde's landmark prose works Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals. Together, these writings reveal Lorde's commitment to a radical course of thought and action, situating her works within the women's, gay and lesbian, and African American Civil Rights movements. They also place her within a continuum of black feminists, from Sojourner Truth, to Anna Julia Cooper, Amy Jacques Garvey, Lorraine Hansberry, and Patricia Hill Collins. I Am Your Sister concludes with personal reflections from Alice Walker, Gloria Joseph, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and bell hooks on Lorde's political and social commitments and the indelibility of her writings for all who are committed to a more equitable society.” — Amazon

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Please see our video archives at YouTube to catch up on issues discussed in Sessions 1 (At the Dark End of the Street), 2 (We are the Ones), 3 (Medical Apartheid), 4 (Parable of the Sower), 5 (Parable of the Talents), 6 (When and Where I Enter) and 7 (Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome).

The weekly group meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm EST and broadcasts events on G+/YouTube Live.

Join The Global Black Feminist Reading Circle (community) on Google+ to receive invitations to the weekly Hangout, and access other documents of the group. If interested in becoming a part of our online discussion group or for other questions, contact OurBlackStory@gmail.com.

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