“Fundamentally, I started writing to save my life. Yes, my own life first. I see the same impulse in my students-the dark, the queer, the mixed-blood, the violated-turning to the written page with a relentless passion, a drive to avenge their own silence, invisibility, and erasure as living, innately expressive human beings.” ― Cherrie Moraga
Barbara Smith, a member of the black feminist organization the Combahee River Collective along with Beverly Smith & Denita Frazier. She co-founded with Audre Lorde & Cherrie Moraga the Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press. Editor of Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology and co-edited All the Women are White, All the Men are Black, But Some of Us Are Brave.