The S/BFL turned one this month. It’s been a great year, and pretty remarkable how we have expanded, not only in size but in processes. The S/BFL began in order to bring material that was geared toward Black feminism to the area and to offer this to the community. It was intentional that all of our material encompassed elements of intersectional and interlocking identities, and show the ways these were highlighted and experienced. Our goal was to begin with video categories, since this provided a new and/or different sites of analyses: often times Black feminist works are largely sought after within written material. We also aimed to make sure visually impaired and those with different reading abilities were not overlooked when it comes to experiencing these great works. Below are our goals:
- Have a safe space dedicated exclusively to Black feminism, Black feminist theory, and Womanism – with material that encompasses direct and very strong elements of these.
- Provide an additional site of analysis. Most often Black feminism is looked at largely via an academic lens – in textbooks and in scholarly journals. Although the SBF Library will eventually expand to include texts and other material, at this point we highlight video since we believe it provides the opportunity to understand Black feminism via a different vantage point. It also recognizes there are different areas of access for those who are not affiliated with academic institutions, and for those who may have a different learning ability that what is usually assumed with placing large concepts of Black feminism in written texts.
- Support independent artists, Black feminists, Black women who are feminists and others who create, across genres of fiction and non-fiction, and produce material that more closely reflects our lived experiences.
- Create a sense of pride in those who watch what is in our collection.
- Foster community engagement via a central meeting place. Those who patronize the S/BFL will meet with others and share space that will help bolster ties in the community.
- Inspire Black feminists and those interested in Black feminism to find new ways tell their stories.
- Inspire Black feminists and those interested in Black feminism to incite social change.
- Disrupt our exposure to white people. The white male and white female narratives that are entirely too prevalent in mainstream media, and forced down our throats on a daily basis.
If you have not had a chance to stop by and visit, then make plans to do so. The library is open Thursdays, from 2:00 to 7:00.