Interview with Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith is an author, activist, and independent scholar who has been politically active in the struggles for social justice since the 1960s. Barbara cofounded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U. S. publisher for women of color.  She has edited three major collections about black women: “Conditions: Five, The Black Women’s Issue” (1979); “All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies” (1982); and “Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology” (1983).  She is also the co-author with Elly Bulkin and Minnie Bruce Pratt of “Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism” (1984).  She is the co-editor of “The Reader’s Companion to U. S. Women’s History” (1998) and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith” (2014).  A collection of Barbara’s essays were published in “The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom” (1998).