Collective Re-rooted

Episode 2: Collective Re-rooted


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Episode Notes

What is a collective and how is that type of group important to Black feminist organizing? In this episode, Crystal and Krystal discuss the meaning of the term “collective” and hear from Black feminist luminary Barbara Smith about the history she and others made with formation of the landmark Combahee River Collective. Guests Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Feminista Jones, Dr. Brittney Cooper, Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Dr. Courtney Marshall help us understand the power of collectivity and the legacy of Combahee.

Photo (above): Combahee River Collective, 1974. Left to right bottom: Demita Frazier and Helen Stewart. Left to right top: Margo Okazawa-Rey, Barbara Smith, Beverly Smith, Chirlane McCray, and Mercedes Tompkins. Courtesy of Margo Okazawa-Rey.

Production Credit

The podcast is produced in partnership with Smithsonian Enterprises Digital. Our production team is Jenna Hanchard, Taylor Polydore, Ann Conanan, and Alana Gomez. Special thanks to Fath Davis Ruffins, Dr. Modupe Labode, and Dr. Tony Perry.


Combahee River Collective 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 

Black Panthers 

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) 

Because of Her StoryCollected is funded by the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative and the National Museum of American History.