Beverly Smith

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Not to be confused with Bev Smith.
This article is about Beverly Smith. For Bevy Smith, the television personality, see Bevy Smith.

Beverly Smith (born December 16, 1946) in Cleveland, Ohio,[1] is a Black feminist health advocate,[2] writer, academic, theorist and activist who is also the twin sister of writer, publisher, activist and academic Barbara Smith. Beverly Smith is an instructor of Women's Health at the University of Massachusetts Boston.[3]

She was one of three authors of the famous Combahee River Collective Statement, "one of the most widely read discussions of Black feminism,"[4] which was developed by several members of the National Black Feminist Organization in 1977. Her essays and articles on racism, feminism, identity politics and women's health have been extensively published in the United States.

Selected works[edit]




  1. ^ Smith, Barbara. Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1983, ISBN 0-913175-02-1, p. xx, Introduction.
  2. ^ Evelyn C. White, The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves, Seal Press, 1993, ISBN 1-878067-40-0, p. 229.
  3. ^ "Beverly Smith redefines politics in light of the feminist movement", Open Vault.
  4. ^ Hammonds, Evelynn M. Transitions, Environments, Translations, Cora Kaplan, Joan Wallach Scott, Debra Keates (eds), Routledge, 1997, ISBN 0-415-91540-6, p. 298.
  5. ^ Smith, Barbara. Home Girls, p. xlix, Introduction.
  6. ^ Smith, Barbara. Home Girls, p. 375, Contributors Notes.
  7. ^ Off Our Backs Magazine, October 1998. Klorman, Renee, interview with Barbara Smith: Activist. Writer. Revolutionary. Barbara Smith: A political life as a Black radical, lesbian feminist.