Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers is a collection of writings by women of African nations and the African Diaspora. The collection consists of over 100,000 pages of fiction, poetry, and essays. These writings reveal the historical, economic, and political conditions affecting Black women; the legacies of slavery and colonialism; how race and class operate in regional contexts; the roles of Black women as intellectuals, nation builders, and influencers of society; and the evolution of Black feminism.

A wide range of cultural, national, ethnic, and religious perspectives are found in this collection, which includes writings by Ida B. Wells, Maya Angelou, Zora Neale Hurston, Sonia Sanchez (US), Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana), Grace Ogot (Kenya), Michelle Cliff (Jamaica), Bessie Head (South Africa), and many others.

Dates covered

18th through 20th centuries.

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