`` Revolutionary Dreams `` By Nikki Giovanni And Carolyn Rodgers

2328 Words Apr 27th, 2016 10 Pages
Although the term had only started to be discussed in scholarly sociological circles in the early 70’s, the concept and ideas behind intersectionality, or how various categories of oppression work together, were around without a name for a very long time. In particular, it pervaded the work of black women writers from Zora Neale Hurston of the Harlem Renaissance to Nikki Giovanni and Carolyn Rodgers during the Black Nationalism and Black Arts Movements. Black women have the unique experience of being on the lower rungs of not one, but two categories of oppression: race and gender. It was within these intersections of race and gender as well as the Black Power Movement that birthed a concept called “New Black Womanhood”. Mostly used by revolutionary black men who felt that with the changing of ideals for black community meant a militant man and a docile woman to serve by his side. However, the idea of New Black Womanhood did not readily suit the revolutionary women within the movement. In “Revolutionary Dreams” by Nikki Giovanni and “The Last M.F.” by Carolyn Rodgers the authors communicate concepts and criticism of the New Black Womanhood by engaging in some aspect of “masculinity”, presenting a change of mindset for the narrator, and situating femininity in the context of being themselves.
Like many of their other counterparts in revolutions before, the contributions of women in the Black Nationalist movement were pushed to the back and forgotten. In “Black Women Novelists…

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