Demita Frazier, a lifelong Black feminist, social justice activist and writer, was 6 years old when her mother sat her down and said, “You are going to hear from people that they think that they’re superior to you because they’re white. It’s a lie.”
“And it was emphasized to me over and over in time as I was growing up,” said Frazier, who graduated from Northeastern University with a Juris Doctor degree.
In 1974, together with sisters Barbara and Beverly Smith, Frazier co-founded the Combahee River Collective in Boston, a Black feminist and lesbian organization resisting racial, sexual, heterosexual and class oppression. The statement they wrote for Combahee River Collective became a key document in developing contemporary Black feminism.