The first African feminist I ever met was Wambui Mwangi, my 1990 classmate at Smith College. It was the spring of 1988, at the Mwangi Cultural Center, where all the heads of student of color organizations on campus had gathered together to discuss and strategize our response to yet another instance of institutional racism at Smith. That we were meeting at a center with which she shared a name was not coincidental. In addition to founding the Smith African Students Association, in which capacity she attended the meeting, Wambui was also renowned at the college for being N’gendo Mwangi’s daughter. Dr. Mwangi was the first African woman to attend Smith, where she took a degree in biology in 1961, a fact commemorated a decade later...

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