Intersectionality and Racial Justice

This resource list introduces and explains the concept of intersectionality and helps students understand why intersectionality theory and practice are vital to any efforts to dismantle racism. Starting with the work of Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term, this list uses the scholarship and lived experiences of African American women and other women of color to examines how racism intersects with other forms of oppression, especially sexism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism. It is designed for students who have previously taken Racism 101, that is, who understand how racism has manifested and evolved throughout U.S. racial history, and who are ready to go deeper.

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Required Reading

I Bring the Voices of My People (ch. 2)

Kimberlé Crenshaw's Original Article

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

For Further Study

Black Sexual Politics


Eloquent Rage

Women, Race, & Class

Ain’t I a Woman

Sister Outsider

Pursuing Intersectionality, Unsettling Dominant Imaginaries

The Body Is Not an Apology


Kimberlé Crenshaw TED Talk: The Urgency of Intersectionality

Kimberly Foster: What White Men Don’t Understand about Intersectionality

Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders: Women of the Civil Rights Movement


Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw