Anyone who claims to be a leader must speak like a leader. That means speaking with integrity and truth– Kamala Harris
There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane. They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you. Kamala Harris, addressing the 2020 Black Girls Lead Conference
Poetry (here I hear myself loudest)
is the human voice,
and are we not of interest to each other?
Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest…It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I suggest that the poets don’t hide. That they scream. That they confront. That they bellow and resist.
Where there is a woman there is magic.
To begin is no more agony than opening your hand.
A person who isn’t reminded several times a day about the implications of the color of her skin has time to consider the implications of other things.
We’re going to right the world and live.
I think the history of western feminism is fraught with racism, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that and, at the same time, to say that feminism is not a western invention, that my great-grandmother in what is now south-western Nigeria is feminist.
–Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche