Last Monday was the first meeting of my Black Feminisms grad seminar. We introduced ourselves to one another and I explained the schema of the course. Nervous that the class wouldn’t attract enough students to “make” or at least to offer stimulating dialogue, I was happy to enter a filled room with students from my home departments (English and AF-Am) and also from the other side of campus (psych, soc, anthro).
I devised the schema for my course based on a post-civil rights movement/post-soul/”third wave” black women writers course I taught a couple of years ago. I decided to begin by focusing on black feminism in the 21st century. Kimberly Springer’s “Third Wave Black Feminism?” and responses to that piece are going to ground next Monday’s discussion as is Veronica Chambers’s first novel Miss Black America.