‘And Still Serena Rises’: Celebrating the Cross-Generational Continuities of Black Feminisms and Black Female Excellence in Sport

  • Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe


In this chapter, I celebrate the contributions to tennis of Althea Gibson in the 1950s and Serena William in the twenty-first century, and situate black female excellence in sport in its appropriate social, historical and political contexts. I also reframe critical black feminist discourses on sport by positioning their analyses along both the cross-generational and historical continuum of collective third-wave feminism and individual 'Care Free Black Girl' feminism. My dialogical approach seeks to highlight the changing same dynamics of intersecting forms of oppression as they simultaneously interact with embodied forms of agency, resistance and resilience.


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  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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