Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, however, Brittney Cooper shows us in Eloquent Rage that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player, what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard, and what makes Michelle Obama an icon. In what Joy Reid calls “a dissertation on Black women’s pain and possibility,” Eloquent Rage argues that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give Black women strength. Along with feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers, homegirls can emerge as heroes.
Gender Studies Book Club
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper
Moderator: Chamara Moore
Free copies to first 15 attendees
Open to Students, Staff and Faculty
Sponsored by the Gender Studies Genevieve D. Willis Endowment for Excellence