Mona Eltahawy’s black feminist reading list

From Audre Lorde to Ama Ataa Aidoo, Pumla Dineo Gqola and Amina Wadud, the Egyptian author shares books that have ‘inspired, taught and strengthened’ her

1 March 2018 // The Nzinga Effect

February is Black History Month in the USA, first proposed by African-American educators and recognised by President Gerald Ford as an opportunity “to honour the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavour.” As a way to pay tribute, and providing a fantastic reading list for World Book Day, Egyptian writer Mona Eltahawy tweeted a list of black feminist books.

The works of other writers, academics, playwrights and poets, crisscross the globe – from the US to Ghana, South Africa to the Caribbean – with themes that range from black communism to lesbian activism. Reflections on interracial love, and profiles of underrepresented figures, such as Lorraine Hansberry, the first black playwright on Broadway, are listed alongside better-known texts. May they do for you what they did for Eltahawy: inspire, teach and strengthen you.


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