The Echoing Ida Collection


by Alabi, Kemi, Greenlee, Cynthia R., Zinzi, Janna A.
Society & social sciences

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by Alabi, Kemi, Greenlee, Cynthia R., Zinzi, Janna A. | Society & social sciences
Published 09/02/2021 by Feminist Press at The City University of New York in the United States
Paperback | 328 pages

Rooted in reproductive justice, Echoing Ida harnesses the power of media for social justice—amplifying the struggles and successes of contemporary freedom movements in the US.

Founded in 2012, Echoing Ida is a writing collective of Black women and nonbinary writers who—like their foremother Ida B. Wells-Barnett—believe the “way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Their community reporting spans a wide variety of topics: reproductive justice and abortion politics; new and necessary definitions of family; trans visibility; stigma against Black motherhood; Black mental health; and more.

This anthology collects the best of Echoing Ida for the first time, and features a foreword by Michelle Duster, activist and great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Imagining a gender-expansive and liberated future, these essays affirm the powerful combination of #BlackGirlMagic and the hard, unceasing labor of Black people to reimagine the world in which we live.

“A rich awakening to the revolution and evolution of Black women and nonbinary voices, and a deeply majestic tribute to the expanse of Black cultural movements—in singular reverence and collective power.” —Rebecca Carroll, author of Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir

“Fueled by curiosity and generous with their vulnerability, the Idas ask probing questions of themselves, each other, and the world. Right now media outlets are scrambling to hire writers who can find and tell important stories about race, gender, sexuality, and power. Editors nationwide should know the Idas’ names, seek them out, and pay them well for their insights and analysis.” —Dani McClain, author of We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood