Date: 2016-08-12 02:54 am (UTC)
agonistes: (candygram)
From: [personal profile] agonistes
for even fewer lulz, there's Killers of the Dream, which was the first work of hers I read, and, like... she was my grandmother's age, and imagining my grandmother and her cohort reading this book which was NOT PROPER, and knowing Smith was queer as hell??? (Her partner was from two towns over, in south Georgia, from where my dad grew up.) the whole thing was like !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(also she WORKED WITH CHILDREN and published that book. !!!!!!!!!)

basically she was the first evidence i had that white southern progressive rabble-rousers existed before the bare handful who helped out with SNCC, SCLC, CORE, etc., and i have handled a few of her letters up in special collections, and she is a VERY INTERESTING PERSON. ...i'll just show myself out
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