Hood Feminism

by Mikki Kendall

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Hood Feminism Characters

The main characters in Hood Feminism include Mikki Kendall and Mikki Kendall’s grandmother.

  • Mikki Kendall is the book’s author and an activist and writer from Chicago. In Hood Feminism, she explains what white feminism can learn from the hood and illustrates her points with personal stories, including her experiences with abortion and parenting.
  • Mikki Kendall’s grandmother exerted a strong positive influence on the author growing up, and Kendall refers to her throughout the book. Because of the term’s association with white women, Kendall’s grandmother would not have identified as a feminist.


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Mikki Kendall

Mikki Kendall is the author of Hood Feminism, and often illustrates her points using stories from her own life, briefly referring to her family and ancestors in the process. She was born in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and has served in the United States Army and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before Hood Feminism, Kendall published a graphic history book titled Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights as well as many newspaper articles and essays.

Mikki Kendall’s Grandmother

The author’s grandmother is mentioned throughout the book. She was born in 1924 and would not have thought of herself as a feminist, since she identified feminism with whiteness and did not regard white women as allies. She is strong, determined, and highly resilient. She taught the author her survival skills and inculcated in her the vital importance of education.

Mikki Kendall’s Grandfather

The author’s grandfather was born in 1919 and is described as traditionally masculine, protective, and patriarchal.

Mikki Kendall’s Uncle

The author’s uncle is portrayed as a violent, misogynist drunkard who threatened her with a gun at the age of eight.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham is a young white actress, writer, and director. Her attitude toward Black people, and her tendency to believe and identify with other white people, is regarded by the author as typical of privileged white Americans.

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

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Hugo Schwyzer

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Donald Trump

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Gail Simone

Gail Simone is a comic book writer whose work features a diverse range of strong female characters. She has used her power and privilege to help others, including the author.

Rekia Boyd

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Robert Kelly

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Recy Taylor

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Daniel Holtzclaw

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Aurora Perrineau

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Murray Miller

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Rachel Dolezal

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Megyn Kelly

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Bill Clinton

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Laura Clay

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Belle Kearney

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Deon J.

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Laurie Penny

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