US educator, feminist theorist, poet.
Born Gloria Watkins, she assumed her great-grandmother's name; became professor of English and Women's Studies at Oberlin.
The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created.
Secrets find a way out in sleep . . . It is the place where there is no pretense.
Being oppressed means the absence of choices.
Usually, when people talk about the "strength" of black women . . . . they ignore the reality that to be strong in the face of oppression is not the same as overcoming oppression, that endurance is not to be confused with transformation.
It is crucial for the future of the Black liberation struggle that we remain ever mindful that ours is a shared struggle, that we are each other's fate.