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:
- Albany’s Stand for Peace Antiracism Committee SPARC,(no own website, but named on RJ911 /racial justice, on Metroland online, on ColorLines, on all4all.org, and on University at Albany /Social Justice Activism);
- for the Coalition for Accountable Police and Government (no own website, but the key words of this titles are somewhat named on: scroll down and see under links /Not a solution … );
- and for Justice for Diallo Committee (no own site, but named on DemocracyNow, on workers.org, on Times Union, on PBS.org, on NY Times, and on CNN.com).
Her Bio on NOW.org.
She is one of the 37 Women Named Bunting Institute Fellows for ‘96-97.
Some of the Google download-books she authored or co-authored:
- Home Girls, By Barbara Smith, 2000, 364 pages;
- All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave, By Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott, Barbara Smith, 1982, 401 pages;
- The Truth That Never Hurts, By Barbara Smith, 2000, 240 pages;
- Leadership by Example, By Janet Corrigan, Jill Eden, Barbara M. Smith, 2003, 183 pages;
- The Reader’s Companion to U. S. Women’s History, By Mankiller, Wilma P. Mankiller, edited by … and Barbara Smith, 1999, 720 pages.
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).
Many persons have the same name, disambiguations are often uncertain.
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 fipa.bc.ca; on Toronto Police Accountability Coalition TPAC; on artmattersInfo; on National Police Accountability Project; on National Coalition on Police Accountability;
Links on wikipedia:
- Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by the pen name bell hooks … ;
- History of African-American civil rights;
- Multicultural feminism;
- Feminism and spirituality;
- critical social theory: the Frankfurt School;
- Barbara Smith was made a Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College Fellow in 1996, and received a 1994 Stonewall Award for her activism.