Music, literature, and art, are some of the genres used by African Americans to (re)claim and authenticate their voice in American history –a voice that materializes an autonomous identity and analysis of their tumultuous past. Reclaiming histories long forgotten and stories that have been silenced or untold were important factors in the Black struggle. Contextualizing these struggles created a political space not previously afforded to marginalized subjects. Poetry framed Black voice, identity, and consciousness for many Black feminists. Locating the violence Black men have inflicted in the African American community makes possible a discourse on race, gender, and insidious abuse within a paradigm of white supremacist social and economic hierarchies.