Behind Every Great Black Woman, There Are a Hundred More
Why Black Men Should Lighten Up
Nor am I referring here to the larger metaphor of women, in the general commonweal of American life, as reflected by the statement: Behind every successful man stands a woman. Here I am talking about the force and energy of African-American women who, amid the general oppression of their gender, were always in the forefront of our inner struggle and agonies of the culture; always outnumbering the men on the hidden, but real, second and third lines of guidance and direction. They were powerful to us as a people for our nourishment and regeneration.
"Spiritual Flight of Female Fire," 1991