“The only rewarding thing for me is to bring to light information that no one knows. What’s the point of rehashing the same old thing?” Dorothy Porter wanted to expand on what Black literature could be in a view that limited us to enslavement only.
Along with collecting Black literature that told stories from different cultures around the world, Porter disregarded traditional library classification systems, which often classified all Black-related topics under slavery or colonization. “That was stupid to me,” said Porter. Indeed it was.
Porter made it her duty to protect Black history, by fighting against Eurocentric systems. Imagine a world where our stories and ways of knowing take precedence in our communities. How would our stories look then?