The Rise of Black Feminist Thought

Interest in the field expands and evolves as a new generation of scholars enters academe

Two young assistant professors at the University of Georgia decided this year to test interest in a new publication devoted to black feminist thought.

Layli Phillips, a psychologist, and Barbara McCaskill, a literary critic, posted an announcement for The Womanist at a recent meeting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and on several discussion groups on the Internet.

"We were overwhelmed by the response," Ms. Phillips says. In just two weeks, almost 100