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14 BLACK FEMINIST POLITICS—KENNEDY TO CLINTON addition to Cheryl. She recalled, We were always told we were poor, but I always had security—my basic needs were met and I had a very sheltered upbringing. ” So we sort of grew up knowing that. Also, they nurtured a kind of independence in the house. ” And that was how we were raised and sort of pushed. They gave us dance lessons, piano lessons, took us to museums. Basically it was like my mother . . took charge of those kinds of things because she wanted to cultivate some kind of appetite for other than material kinds of things or at least that was in terms of how I see my upbringing.
And also, the murders were being viewed at time as being completely racial murders. It was all women and some of the women had been sexually assaulted, but they were still seen as racial murders. There were a lot of feminist lesbians at that rally so there were at least some people there that when they heard this message that these were just racial murders, our ears perked up, stood up, whatever and we were thinking, no, no, I don’t think so because there was something called violence against women that we were all too familiar with and we just felt .
Participants discussed contributing articles for a lesbian herstory issue of two journals, Heresies and Frontiers. Both Beverly Smith and Barbara Smith had been approached to compile an anthology on Black feminism. Ultimately, the group’s members were very active in publishing; a case in point is the anthology But Some of Us Are Brave, which was edited by two Combahee members. The fifth retreat was important because the members catalogued indicators that Black feminism had grown between 1977 and 1979.
Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton by Duchess Harris (auth.)