the cover of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The Combahee River Collective has been a force for black feminism since the 1970's and is credited with coining the term identity politics, which they defined as "a politics that grew out of our objective material experiences as Black women. Most of this book consists of interviews with three founders of the Combahee River Collective. Author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor lets her subjects speak for an extended period of time, allowing them to speak in their own voices. In frank and forthright terms, from #blacklivesmatter to the origins of radical black feminism, from the critique of the White feminist movement to the frequent tensions between black feminists and their communities, and how it all relates to the present, everything is discussed.