Barbara Smith


Barbara Smith is an author and independent scholar who has been active in movements for social, racial, and economic justice since the 1960s. She is the coauthor of the Black feminist “Combahee River Collective Statement.”

Civil rights Cambridge protest 1963

The ‘Creative Chaos’ of Gloria Richardson (1922–2021) The ‘Creative Chaos’ of Gloria Richardson (1922–2021)

The civil rights activist was a militant advocate for her community as well as a canny strategist.

Jul 23, 2021 / Editorial / Barbara Smith

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How to Dismantle White Supremacy How to Dismantle White Supremacy

To end systemic racism, the country needs a comprehensive racial justice program even more sweeping than the Marshall Plan.

Aug 21, 2020 / Editorial / Barbara Smith

Where’s the Revolution? Where’s the Revolution?

When I came out in Boston in the mid-1970s, I had no way of knowing that the lesbian and gay movement I was discovering was in many ways unique.

Jan 2, 1998 / Feature / Barbara Smith