Film: REFLECTIONS UNHEARD: BLACK WOMEN IN CIVIL RIGHTS
Exploring the experiences of black women in the American civil rights movement
Where do black women activists fit into the epochal struggles for equality and liberation during the 1960s and 70s? This feature-length documentary unearths the story of black women’s political marginalisation between the male-dominated Black Power movement and second wave feminism, which was largely white and middle class, showing how each failed to recognise black women’s overlapping racial and gender identities. Archival footage and in-depth interviews with former members reveal how black women mobilized, fought for recognition, and raised awareness of how sexism and class issues affected women of colour. Prominently featured activists include Frances Beale, Angela Davis, Kola Boof, Nikki Giovanni, Rosemari Mealy, Judy Richardson, Gwendolyn Simmons, Deborah Singletary, and Eugenia Wiltshire.