One thing we know as Black feminists is how important it is for us to recognize our own lives as herstory.  Also as Black women, as Lesbians and feminists, there is no guarantee that our lives will ever be looked at with the kind of respect given to certain people from other races, sexes, or classes. There is similarly no guarantee that our movement will survive long enough to become safely historical. We must document ourselves now.

Lorraine Bethel and Barbara Smith