In Virgin Soul, a novel set in the 1960s, the protagonist shared many of the author’s own experiences in terms of family, education, participation in the Black Party Party, and social activism in general. But a novel, even as it draws on an author’s own background, is fiction. De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland is something different. This time we met Judy Juanita directly, face to face.
I’m a woman. POW! Black. BAM! Outspoken. STOMP! Don’t fit in. OUCH!
I would not realize how fully, peculiarly and tightly loved I was until I left California – the state and the state of mind.
My friends and I dropped out and worked in the BPP full time. We eventually returned to campus too, armed, not only with actual weapons, but with a new consciousness about education, service, the poor, the police and the military, oppression, and civil and human rights.
Moi? A black woman with degrees, fellowships, travels abroad, a library of dictionaries within my library – a cleaning woman?