Barbara Smith is one of the founders of the Combahee River Collective and has been an important voice in the development of modern intersectional feminism. She is one of the most pivotal voices in feminism, especially Black feminism.
Poetry has a way of changing the world. These changes may not be monumental or immediate, but the written word bestows an unspoken power to those who wield it. The recently deceased Ntozake Shange, born Paulette Williams in 1948, was a woman who fearlessly bore that power.