Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective 

Edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Haymarket Books (November 2017)

Paper • ISBN-13: 9781608468553 • US $15.95 • 191 pgs.

Lambda Literary Award Finalist, LGBTQ Nonfiction


READ: How We Get Free:” Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Lessons of Radical Black Feminism in the Age of Trump (Truthout. 12-31-2017)

WATCHKeeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: What We Can Learn from the Black Feminists of the Combahee River Collective (Democracy Now! 01-22-2018)


The Combahee River Collective, a trailblazing group of radical Black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the anti-racist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s. In this collection of interviews, edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.


“This new collection of a four-decades-old text reminds us that black women have long known that America’s destiny is inseparable from how it treats them and the nation ignores this truth at its peril.”

The New York Review of Books

“A striking collection that should be immediately added to the Black feminist canon.”

Bitch Media

“An essential book for any feminist library.”

Library Journal

Praise for From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation: 

“This brilliant book is the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment of the long struggle for freedom in America. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has emerged as the most sophisticated and courageous radical intellectual of her generation.”

Cornel West, author, Race Matters

“Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s searching examination of the social, political, and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation.”

Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow

“Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has written a sweeping yet concise history not just of the Black Lives Matter movement, but of the past seven years under the first black president and of how the 20th century led to our current state of woke uprising. It’s full of gems of historical insight and it fearlessly tackles what black liberation looks like when it happens in a black-governed city 40 miles from a black-occupied White House.”

The Guardian

“Class matters! In this clear-eyed, historically informed account of the latest wave of resistance to state violence, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor not only exposes the canard of color-blindness but reveals how structural racism and class oppression are joined at the hip. If today’s rebels ever expect to end inequality and racialized state violence, she warns, then capitalism must also end. And that requires forging new solidarities, envisioning a new social and economic order, and pushing a struggle to protect Black Lives to its logical conclusion: a revolution capable of transforming the entire nation.”

Robin D. G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, UCLA


From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation


Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, published by Haymarket Books in January 2016. The book surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistent structural inequality, including mass incarceration, housing discrimination, police violence, and unemployment. Taylor is the recipient of the 2016 Cultural Freedom Especially Notable Book Award from the Lannan Foundation.

Taylor is also author of the recently published, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee Collective (Haymarket Books 2017). Taylor writes about Black politics, racial inequality and social movements in the United States. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, The New Republic, Al Jazeera America, Jacobin, In These Times, New Politics, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, and other publications. She is currently completing a book titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis in the 1970s, under contract with the University of North Carolina Press in their Justice, Power and Politics series.  Taylor received her PhD in African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor in African American Studies at Princeton University.


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