This is my offering. My love letter to them, and to us.
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
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.
Jenn M. Jackson & Jamie Nesbitt Golden
7 – 9 PM CT
The Block Club Chicago
at Bronzeville Winery
4420 Cottage Grove Ave,
Jenn M. Jackson & Jeanne Sparrow
2 – 3 PM CT
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave,
Chicago, IL 60637
Jenn M. Jackson & Anwar Uhuru at Source Books
7 PM ET
4240 Cass Ave UNIT 105,
Detroit, MI 48201
Jenn M. Jackson & George Johnson
7 PM PT
1365 N Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91104
Jenn M. Jackson & Darnell Moore
7 PM PT
3054 S Victoria Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Jenn M. Jackson & Joél Leon
3 PM ET
258 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, CA 19125
Book Launch with Nia Nunn and Shacoya Kidwell
5:30 pm ET
Buffalo Street Books
215 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Book Launch with Ericka Hart
7 pm ET
Cafe Con Libros, BK
724 Prospect Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Virtual Event: In Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
7 PM CST
Women & Children First
Virtual Event: In Conversation with Forrest Evans
7:30 PM EST
Charis Books & More
Jenn Jackson & Preston Mitchum
7 PM ET
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Conversation with Cashawn Thompson
7 PM ET
3128 Greenmount Avenue
Jenn M. Jackson & Brittney Cooper
3 – 5 PM ET
The Free Black Women’s Library
226 Marcus Garvey Blvd Brooklyn, NY 11221
Jenn M. Jackson is a beautiful writer and excellent scholar.
In this book, they pay tribute to generations of Black women organizers and set forward a bold and courageous blueprint for our collective liberation.
Jackson’s love letter to Black women and girls, past, present, and future...
…is a balm for weary souls, a reclamation, a psalm, a grounding, centering, deeply erudite book that uses the intellectual legacy of Black feminists to remind us of the stuff we are made of. In a world deeply committed to ignoring, mishearing, and disregarding Black women, to forgetting them, this book will not let us forget. It demands we remember. And it buoys us, reminding us that in our quest for freedom, Black feminists have always known the way, or made one.
With their clear, deliberate prose, Jackson takes everything...
…that makes their Teen Vogue column and academic writing special and elevates it to new heights. In this book, they pay tribute to generations of Black women organizers and set forward a bold and courageous blueprint for our collective liberation.
It is an essential, life affirming text.
Black Women Taught Us is a powerful and hopeful love letter to the Black feminist thinkers, writers, activists, and organizers who have fought for our liberation.
It is intimate and essential reading, a beautiful bridge connecting ancestral and contemporary Black women activists.
In their enlightening new book, Black Women Taught Us, Jenn M. Jackson celebrates the iconic Black feminists who built a movement, and also shares their own personal story of growing and learning with these brilliant canonical thinkers.