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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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MAY 4

Jenn M. Jackson & Sara Makeba Daise

1 – 3 PM ET
Turning Page Bookshop
604 St James Ave Suite I, Goose Creek, SC 29445

MAY 23

Jenn M. Jackson & Nikki Lane

7 – 8:30 PM ET
Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews
109 E Franklin St, Suite 100, North Carolina

MAY 31

Jenn M. Jackson & Imani Perry

5:30 – 7 PM ET
Frugal Bookstore
57 Warren St, Roxbury, MA 02119

June 4

Jenn M. Jackson & Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

6 – 8 PM ET
Busboys and Poets
450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

June 27

Jenn M. Jackson & Danielle Moodie

6 – 8 PM ET
Sisters Uptown Bookshop
1942 Amsterdam Ave New York NY 10032

June 28

Jenn M. Jackson & Jodi M. Savage

6 – 8 PM ET
Source of Knowledge Bookstore
867 Broad St, Newark, NJ 07102

August 1

Jenn M. Jackson & Glory Edim

7 – 8:30 PM ET
Politics and Prose Union Market
1324 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Come back soon

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

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

6 PM PT
Octavia’s Bookshelf
1365 N Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104

MARCH 17

Jenn M. Jackson & Darnell Moore

6 PM PT
Reparations Club
3054 S Victoria Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016

MARCH 23

Jenn M. Jackson & Joél Leon

6:30 PM ET
Harriett’s Bookshop
258 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

March 27

Jenn M. Jackson & Tanisha Jackson

6 – 7:30 PM ET
Community Folk Art Center
805 E Genessee St,
Syracuse, NY

March 28

Jenn M. Jackson at the Harris School of Public Policy

7 – 8:30 PM CT
Harris School of Public Policy
1307 E 60th St,
Chicago, IL 60637

APRIL 12

Jenn M. Jackson & Natalie Y. Moore

6 – 7 PM CT
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637,
Chicago, IL 60637

The Black Women Taught Us Playlist

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There are so many incredible artists and entertainers who embody what “Black women taught us.” This playlist is an empowering, elevating, and life-affirming collection of songs that help us stay grounded and centered on the lessons that help us to build a freer world. 

Follow the playlist as new songs will be added along the #BWTUBOOKTOUR!

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