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THE BOOK

Black Women
Taught Us

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This is my offering. My love letter to them, and to us.

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A reclamation of essential history and a hopeful gesture toward a better political future, this is what listening to Black women looks like—from a professor of political science and columnist for Teen Vogue.

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD, has been known to bring historical acuity to some of the most controversial topics in America today. Now, in their first book, Jackson applies their critical analysis to the questions that have long energized their work: Why has Black women’s freedom fighting been so overlooked throughout history, and what has our society lost because of our refusal to engage with our forestrugglers’ lessons?

A love letter to those who have been minimized and forgotten, this collection repositions Black women’s intellectual and political work at the center of today’s liberation movements.

Across eleven original essays that explore the legacy of Black women writers and leaders—from Harriet Jacobs and Ida B. Wells to the Combahee River Collective and Audre Lorde—Jackson sets the record straight about Black women’s longtime movement organizing, theorizing, and coalition building in the name of racial, gender, and sexual justice in the United States and abroad. These essays show, in both critical and deeply personal terms, how Black women have been at the center of modern liberation movements despite the erasure and misrecognition of their efforts. Jackson illustrates how Black women have frequently done the work of liberation at great risk to their lives and livelihoods.

For a new generation of movement organizers and co-strugglers, Black Women Taught Us serves as a reminder that Black women were the first ones to teach us how to fight racism, how to name that fight, and how to imagine a more just world for everyone.

The Black Women Taught Us Syllabus

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For educators, students, organizers, and practitioners seeking to build out a course plan to accompany the book, I have created the Black Women Taught Us Syllabus. Here, you will find readings to accompany each chapter/essay and thought questions to guide the learning process. 

Upcoming Events

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FEBRUARY 29

Jenn M. Jackson & Jamie Nesbitt Golden

7 – 9 PM CT
The Block Club Chicago
at Bronzeville Winery
4420 Cottage Grove Ave,
Chicago, IL

MARCH 2

Jenn M. Jackson & Jeanne Sparrow

2 – 3 PM CT
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave,
Chicago, IL 60637
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MARCH 8

Jenn M. Jackson & Anwar Uhuru at Source Books

7 PM ET
Source Booksellers
4240 Cass Ave UNIT 105,
Detroit, MI 48201

MARCH 15

Jenn M. Jackson & George Johnson

7 PM PT
Octavia’s Bookshelf
1365 N Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
Come back soon!

MARCH 17

Jenn M. Jackson & Darnell Moore

7 PM PT
Reparations Club
3054 S Victoria Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016
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MARCH 23

Jenn M. Jackson & Joél Leon

3 PM ET
Harriett’s Bookshop
258 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, CA 19125
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Past Events

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JANUARY 23

Book Launch with Nia Nunn and Shacoya Kidwell

5:30 pm ET
Buffalo Street Books
215 N. Cayuga Street
Dewitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850

JANUARY 26

Book Launch with Ericka Hart

7 pm ET
Cafe Con Libros, BK
724 Prospect Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216

FEBRUARY 2

Virtual Event: In Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

7 PM CST
Women & Children First
Zoom

FEBRUARY 3

Virtual Event: In Conversation with Forrest Evans

7:30 PM EST
Charis Books & More
Virtual

FEBRUARY 8

Jenn Jackson & Preston Mitchum

7 PM ET
Loyalty Petworth
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

FEBRUARY 9

Conversation with Cashawn Thompson

7 PM ET
RED EMMA’S
3128 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD

FEBRUARY 17

Jenn M. Jackson & Brittney Cooper

3 – 5 PM ET
The Free Black Women’s Library
226 Marcus Garvey Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11221
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