Remaking Black Power

Honorable Mention and Awards

Finalist, Stone Book Award, Museum of African American History, –Boston & Nantucket
Honorable Mention, Darlene Clark Hine Award, –Organization Of American Historians
Honorable Mention, Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award, –Association of Black Women Historians
A Public Books "Public Pick" for 2018
A Bitchmedia 2017 Best Black Women's History Book

Book Design by    Marcus Kiser

Book Design by Marcus Kiser

In this comprehensive history, Dr. Farmer examines black women's political, social, and cultural engagement with Black Power ideals and organizations.

Complicating the assumption that race and gender constraints relegated black women to the margins of the movement, Dr. Farmer demonstrates how female activists fought for more inclusive understandings of Black Power and social justice by developing new ideas about black womanhood. This compelling book shows how the new tropes of womanhood that they created--the "Militant Black Domestic," the "Revolutionary Black Woman," and the "Third World Woman," for instance–spurred debate among activists over the centrality of gender to Black Power ideologies, ultimately causing many of the era's organizations and collectives to adopt a more radical critique of patriarchy.

Making use of a vast and untapped array of black women's artwork, political cartoons, manifestos, and political essays that they produced as members of groups such as the Black Panther Party and the Congress of African People, Dr. Farmer reveals how black women activists reimagined black womanhood, challenged sexism, and redefined the meaning of race, gender, and identity in American life.


Praise for Remaking Black Power

Remaking Black Power is an indispensable triumph. Painstakingly researched, artfully organized, crisply argued, utterly insightful, Ashley Farmer has remade Black Power scholarship like the black women she chronicles. This book unveils and dissects what has been hidden from the Black Power–era for far too long: the black woman as theorist.”
— Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author, Stamped from the Beginning
“Farmer’s astute reading of visuals and print culture produced by black women not only resets the chronological clock of the Black Power era but also shifts our gaze from the well-worn paternalistic utterings of male leaders to women who imagined empowerment on their own terms by developing ideologies, rituals, and texts that redefined who they were and, in some cases, who they wanted to be.”
— Ula Yvette Taylor, author of The Promise of Patriarchy
The compelling analysis and clear prose make this book a must-read for anyone who desires a more nuanced understanding of Black Power beyond the works by and about the select few men who are more commonly recognized as the movement’s leaders.
— Public Books
“This is one of the most sophisticated, nuanced, and analytically rigorous explorations of Black Power that I have had the pleasure to read. No other study on the subject is this substantively focused and theoretically sharp.”
— Jeffrey O.G. Ogabar, University of Conneticut