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Black feminists and Du Bois respectability, protection, and beyond

Author: Griffin,F.J.
Author Background:
Type Journal
Journal Title: The-Annals.
Volume/Pages 568 28-40
Subject Matter Feminist, Women, African American, Psychology
Abstract Throughout his life, W.E.B. Du Bois was an advocate for black women. However, in his article of 1898, The Study of the Negro Problems (reprinted in this issue), he posits a model of the intellectuals, the investigators who analyze Negro problems, as male. In other writings, the most important being The Damnation of Women, Du Bois focuses his attention on black women as mothers, workers, and activists but not as intellectuals. This is why contemporary black feminist intellectuals continue to claim him as an important ancestor even as they critique some of his failures around gender. The author's research attempts to enhance and extend the intellectual agendas Du Bois set in motion by being attentive to both gender and race. (This is one of 19 articles in this issue on the study of African American problems.). (Journal abstract.)