Hess Scholar Barbara Smith Talks Identity, Activism During Brooklyn College Keynote Address

BROOKLYN COLLEGE–Working to dismantle racism, homophobia, classism, and other repressions is no easy feat. From organizing as a teen in her native Cleveland, Ohio, to forming coalitions that broke down systemic barriers, activist and author Barbara Smith has undeniably become a trailblazer. Throughout her week-long stay at Brooklyn College, she shared her experiences as a Black lesbian feminist, whose life’s work included giving women of color the space to have their thoughts published and heard. As this year’s Hess Scholar-in-Residence, Smith’s lessons culminated in a keynote address delivered on Thursday, Mar. 16 at the Claire Tow Theater.