Author(s): Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks
Reveals a remarkable woman's life and her contributions to social justice movements related to Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.
"...a wonderful read on solidarity, resistance, and outsider politics." - The Advocate "...Barbara Smith is everything. So is this book ... [it] challenges us all to dig deeper in our work and never stop pursuing actual, authentic liberation." - Autostraddle
"In a clear, accessible, and conversational style, the book engages readers in fundamental questions that those committed to social justice must grapple with in order to deepen their work and heighten their integrity, accountability, and courage." - EDGE Boston
"As a black lesbian feminist, activist, scholar, and elected official, Barbara Smith has been speaking truth to power for four decades. This extensive collection of writings and interviews portrays one indomitable woman and many invaluable movements." -Chronogram
"Barbara Smith has played a groundbreaking role in opening and expanding our national cultural and political dialogues about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around ... brings to life the controversies, players and strategies that expanded the definitions of freedom and liberation over four decades." - Seattle Lesbian
"...a massive and important work ... This will be an important book for students of the Civil Rights movement, but also for those who want to know what it takes to build movements, and movements that last." - San Francisco Book Review
"Barbara Smith is a creator of modern feminism as a writer, organizer, editor, publisher, and scholar. Now she has added to her decades as an activist outside the system by becoming an elected official who truly listens, represents, and creates bridges to a common good. She has shown us that democracy is a seed that can only be planted where we are." - Gloria Steinem
"Barbara Smith is one of the grand pioneering and prophetic voices of our time. Her truth still hurts and heals!" - Cornel West
"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around is not a memoir, a biography, nor a reader. It is a reflection and a conversation. It is also a montage of forty years of documents, interviews, and articles that provide useful lessons for social justice work. This book is a tour de force that documents the life's work of Barbara Smith and the freedom struggles she shaped." - Duchess Harris, author of Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Obama
Alethia Jones is Director of Education and Leadership Development at 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.
Virginia Eubanks is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York and author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age.
Barbara Smith is Public Service Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She served two terms as a member of the City of Albany's Common Council, and is the author of The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom.
List of Illustrations Foreword by Robin D. G. Kelley Preface by Barbara Smith Acknowledgments 1. Chronicling an Activist Life Virginia Eubanks and Alethia Jones 2. Home Grown: Early Roots of Activism Roots of Beloved Community Barbara Smith, "Interview by Loretta Ross," Voices of Feminism Oral History Project (Smith and Ross 2003) Interview with Barbara Ransby "Klunder, Bruce W.," The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (1997) Interview with Barbara Ransby College Life and Activism Barbara Smith, "Interview by Loretta Ross," Voices of Feminism Oral History Project (Smith and Ross 2003) Interviews with Barbara Ransby, Matt Richardson, and Alethia Jones What Would It Mean to Be a Lesbian? Barbara Smith, "Interview by Loretta Ross," Voices of Feminism Oral History Project (Smith and Ross 2003) "Taking the Home Out of Homophobia: Black Lesbian Health," Jewelle Gomez and Barbara Smith (1990) Barbara Smith, "Interview by Loretta Ross," Voices of Feminism Oral History Project (Smith and Ross 2003) 3. Building Black Feminism A New Era of Black Feminism Interview with Virginia Eubanks National Black Feminist Organization Statement of Purpose, National Black Feminist Organization (1973) The Combahee River Collective Statement, Combahee River Collective (, 1979) Interviews with Kimberly Springer, Barbara Ransby, Alethia Jones, and Virginia Eubanks Black Feminist Organizing Tactics "Black Feminism: A Movement of Our Own," Barbara Smith (, 1997) "Who Is Killing Us," Terrion Williamson (2012) Interview with Kimberly Springer Building Linkages across Difference "Face-to-Face, Day-to-Day-Racism CR [Consciousness Raising] Guidelines for Women's Groups," Tia Cross, Freada Klein, Barbara Smith, and Beverly Smith (1979) "Breaking the Silence: A Conversation in Black and White," Laura Sperazi (1978) Interview with Virginia Eubanks Unfinished Business "Establishing Black Feminism," Barbara Smith (2000) "African American Women in Defense of Ourselves," Elsa Barkley Brown, Deborah K. King, and Barbara Ransby "Black Women Still in Defense of Ourselves," Kimberle Williams Crenshaw (2011) Interviews with Kimberly Springer, Virginia Eubanks, and Alethia Jones 4. Building Black Women's Studies More Than Academic "Doing Research on Black American Women, or; All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave," Barbara Smith (1975) "The Politics of Black Women's Studies," Gloria Hull and Barbara Smith (1982) "'Beautiful, Needed, Mysterious': Review of Sala by Toni Morrison," Barbara Smith (1974) Interview with Beverly Guy-Sheftall "Irrevocable Acts": Navigating Dangerous Waters "Black Women Writers and Feminism: Toward a Black Feminist Criticism" (Bowles 1979) "Black Women Writers and Feminism Questions Answer Session" (Bowles 1979) Interview with Beverly Guy-Sheftall Truth Telling in the Academy "Racism and Women's Studies," Barbara Smith (1980) Interview with Virginia Eubanks 5. Building Kitchen Table Press Black in Print "Black Women and Publishing," Modern Language Association Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession (1976) "Our Stories: Women of Color," Barbara Smith (1984) Interview with Matt Richardson Our Books Were Lifelines "A Press of Our Own: Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press," Barbara Smith (1989) Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press titles 1983-1992 The Freedom Organizing pamphlet series Interviews with Matt Richardson, Barbara Ransby, and Kimberly Springer The Cost of Independence "Packing Boxes and Editing Manuscripts: Women of Color in Feminist Publishing," Sojourner Editorial Collective (1993) Interview with Matt Richardson 6. Building Mutli-Issue Movements Forging Coalitions: Fighting Homophobia, Racism, and Classism "Soul on Hold," Barbara Smith (1985) "Blacks and Gays: Healing the Great Divide," Barbara Smith (1993) "Where Has Gay Liberation Gone? An Interview with Barbara Smith," Amy Gluckman and Betsy Reed (1997) "Will People of Color Pay the Price? A Statement by People of Color in Support of the Ad Hoc Committee for an Open Process," Ted Beck, Mandy Carter, Chandra L. Ford, Kara Keeling, and Barbara Smith (1999) "Organizing in Albany: Justice for Diallo," Barbara Smith (2000) Interviews with Joo-Hyun Kang and Kimberly Springer "Please Don't Fan Flames of Bigotry," Barbara Smith (2011) "It's a Diverse World, and That Includes Sexuality," Barbara Smith (2011) "A New LGBT Politics Seeks to Marry Issues, Not Just People," Jamilah King (2012) Embraced by the Black Radical Congress "The Struggle Continues: Setting a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century: Call for Participation in the Black Radical Congress," BRC Organizing Committee (1998) "Black Radical Congress Principles of Unity," BRC Organizing Committee (1998) "Dialogue between Barbara Smith and Kimberly Springer," Democracy Now! (1998) Interviews with Barbara Ransby and Alethia Jones 7. Building Progressive Urban Politics A Movement Builder on the Campaign Trail "Black Feminist Activism: My Next Chapter," Barbara Smith (2012) Interviews with Vera "Mike" Michelson and Joo-Hyun Kang In the Belly of the Beast Interviews with Vera "Mike" Michelson, Alethia Jones, Barbara Ransby, and Virginia Eubanks Flyer for Albany Neighborhoods First "WAMC Commentary on Gun Violence," Barbara Smith, July 21, 2008 SNUG rally flyer "WAMC Commentary on Education," Barbara Smith, November 6, 2008 Radical Visions versus Reformist Institutions Interviews with Vera "Mike" Michelson, Virginia Eubanks, and Alethia Jones Peace and Unity Resolution Immigrant Rights Resolution 8. "Took Root, Bore Fruit": Legacies and Futures of Black Feminist Life Sheroes and Foremothers Interview with Alexis Pauline Gumbs University of Alabama letter from Robin Boylorn Ella's Daughters' Seven Sisters Campaign, Ella's Daughters (n.d.) The Legacy of Kitchen Table Press and Black Women's Studies Interview with Alexis Pauline Gumbs University of Alabama letter from Lisa C. Moore University of Alabama letter from Sheri-Davis Faulkner The Legacy of Combahee: Identity Politics and Interlocking Oppressions Interview with Alexis Pauline Gumbs (2010) "What Sistas Want, What Sistas Believe: Black Feminist Twelve Point Plan," Black Feminist Working Group (2011) Interviews with Virginia Eubanks and Alethia Jones The Legacy of Combahee's Organizing: Coalitions for Conscious Collective Solutions Interview with Alexis Pauline Gumbs UBUNTU Statement of Purpose "Occupy Wall Street: Black Voices for Economic Justice Must Be Heard," Ron Daniels (n.d.) Black Feminist Futures Interviews with Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alethia Jones, and Virginia Eubanks "Crunk Letter to Patriarchy," Crunk Feminist Collective (2012) Editorial Note How We Built This Book Bibliography Interviews Commissioned for This Volume Interviewer and Contributor Biographies Index