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By Gary L. Lemons

Traces a lineage of pro-feminist black males to 2 early radical proponents of lady equality.

What function did African American males have within the early twentieth-century fight for women’s suffrage? How is gender major to the old and modern struggles for African American liberation? In Womanist Forefathers, Gary L. Lemons examines the memoirs and political writings on ladies by way of Frederick Douglass and W. E. B. Du Bois, positioning those radical proponents of lady equality as “womanist forefathers” to later generations of gender revolutionary black males. Lemons argues that the writings of Douglass and Du Bois, which merge confessional narrative with social feedback, reveal the facility of pro-womanist considering within the imaginative and prescient of racial uplift either males complicated. Womanist Forefathers then lines the lineage among those early African American activists to modern pro-feminist black males, lots of whom have equally mixed analyses of the non-public with the political to examine a black male brotherhood based on womanist rules, loose from nationalism rooted in patriarchy, heterosexism, and homophobia.

“Gary Lemons’s Womanist Forefathers … invigorates the severe discourse and terrain of black male feminism … [it] comes hugely steered for somebody drawn to black males doing feminism within the twenty-first century.” — African American Review

“Lemons offers a deep old inquiry into black male feminist origins. not anyone has requested in fairly as compelling a fashion what characteristics or stories support to provide black males who see women’s oppression as a devastating challenge. in addition, his positioning of absent and problematical fathers because the foundation of the funding within the mom that's then remodeled into an abiding challenge with women’s rights is brilliant.” — Michael Awkward, writer of Scenes of guide: A Memoir

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