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Encore: Combahee River Collective

Presenter: Brian Sabel

Seminar: Civil Rights

During the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and Second Wave Feminism, Black Feminists realized that neither the Black Freedom nor the Feminist movements addressed their lived experiences as Black women. By the 1970s, the Combahee River Collective, one of the first Black Feminist organizations, wrote that the limitations of organizing around a single form of oppression could be overcome with an expanded concept of ‘race, class, and gender.’ Activists today still rely on their crucial early insights about ‘intersectionality’ and ‘naming difference.’