First person | Black history | Personal Essays
Herstory exists to represent the lost, the unconventional, the unrepresented and the marginalised.
Our founder Tyra wanted Herstory to be a safe space to navigate political affairs through words and imagery, and we hope that you can find inspiration and affirmation on this page. We aim to inform and educate on issues typically swept under the rug, changing history to be more inclusive of Black women and non binary people of colour. Herstory means uplifting voices of the oppressed and giving them a platform to express themselves unabashedly, free from the constraints of structural inequality.
On this page you will find our Saturday School which has informative posts on influential figures and academics such as Angela Davis and Bell Hooks as well as opinion pieces and articles addressing various topics from Black womanhood and identity and Black history, to mental health and disability. Solidarity is integral to the liberation of Black people and people of colour and we want to demonstrate that by showcasing the work of diverse and talented people.
In the words of Claudia Jones, a people’s art is the genesis of their freedom
Meet your Her Story Editors
I plan to write about Black womanhood and the intersection of gender, sexuality and race drawing upon queer theory as well as my lived experience as a non-binary lesbian.
The western gender binary (a socially constructed system that classifies men and women) is inherently anti-Black, as it reinforces white supremacist ideas of gender, and must be abolished in order to liberate Black people.
Sage - Contributing Editor
There is so much to Black history that I want to explore and share. In essence, I will be discussing about the parts of history that deserve more recognition to change this facade of the whitewashed history we have been taught.
It’s something I am passionate about as it is absent from our ethnocentric education system; where we are rarely mentioned, and when we are it is almost always in a negative light.