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 background because the landmark 1954 segregation case, Brown v. Board of schooling. Angela A. Ards examines how activist writers, in particular 5 whose memoirs have been released within the Nineteen Nineties and 2000s, crafted those lifestyles tales to have interaction and form innovative, post-Brown politics.
            Exploring works by way of the severely acclaimed June Jordan and Edwidge Danticat, in addition to through well known and rising authors akin to Melba Beals, Rosemary Bray, and Eisa Davis, Ards demonstrates how each one textual content asserts countermemories to official—and frequently nostalgic—understandings of the civil rights and Black strength pursuits. She situates every one author as activist-citizen, adopting and remaking specific roles—warrior, “the least of these,” immigrant, hip-hop head—to crystallize more than a few black feminist responses to pressing yet unresolved political issues.

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