chapter  12
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The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought

Sojourner Truth, Anna Julia Cooper, Ida Wells Barnett, and Fannie Lou Hamer are but a few names from a growing list of distinguished African American women activists. Although their sustained resistance to Black women s victimiza­ tion within interlocking systems of race, gender, and class oppression is well known, these women did not act alone.1 Their actions were nurtured by the sup­ port of countless, ordinary African American women who, through strategies of everyday resistance, created a powerful foundation for this more visible Black feminists activist tradition.2 Such support has been essential to the shape and goals of Black feminist thought.