Barbara Smith – USA

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Barbara Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who has played a groundbreaking role in opening up a national dialogue about the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender. She was among the first to define an African American women’s literary tradition and to build black women’s studies and black feminism in the United States. She has been politically active in many movements for social justice since the 1960s. Currently, her focus is on neighborhood and community organizing, especially regarding youth issues, in the poor black community where she resides. She says: “We are not hated and abused because there is something wrong with us, but our treatment is absolutely prescribed by the racist, misogynistic system under which we live”.  (on 1000peacewomen).

Barbara Smith (born December 16, 1946) in Cleveland is an American, lesbian feminist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s she has been active as an innovative critic, teacher, lecturer, author, independent scholar, and publisher of Black feminist thought. She has also taught at numerous colleges and universities over the last twenty five years. Smith’s essays, reviews, articles, short stories and literary criticism have appeared in a range of publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Ms., Gay Community News, The Guardian, The Village Voice, Conditions (magazine) and The Nation. Barbara has a twin sister, Beverly Smith, who is also a lesbian feminist activist and writer … (full text).


Barbara Smith – USA

She works for:

History and activism.

Her Bio on

She is one of the 37 Women Named Bunting Institute Fellows for ‘96-97.

She is also a Betterworld Heroe, see Her Bio.

Some of the Google download-books she authored or co-authored:

She says also: “What I really feel is radical is trying to make coalitions with people who are different from you. I feel it is radical to be dealing with race and sex and class and sexual identity all at one time. I think that is really radical because it has never been done before”. (on Betterworld Heroes).

Find her and her publications on wikipedia /writings; on inauthor Google-search; and on Google Blog-search.

Many persons have the same name, disambiguations are often uncertain.


Black Gay And Lesbian Heroes Are Very Important;

Not a solution (but an inspiration in any way: some sites found by Key words for Coalition for Accountable Police and Government … for which Barbara Smith – USA is working): on the Joplin Globe; on long term care community coalition LTCCC; on IngentaConect; on; on Toronto Police Accountability Coalition TPAC; on artmattersInfo; on National Police Accountability Project; on National Coalition on Police Accountability;

Links on wikipedia:

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