By: Yolanda Hood
Black Feminist theory advocates the formation of positive self-definitions and the restructuring of denigrated social images of African American women. African American women have defined themselves and restructured social images using sites of resistance like music, literature, and art. This study suggests that African American women’s art quilts are also sites of resistance to denigrated constructions of Black womanhood. Using Black Feminist theory as a starting point and field interviews with four African American quilters living in the Midwest, I examine how they construct their quilts as sites for re-defining themselves and resisting negative images.