Conversations: Straight Talk with America's Sister President

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Johnnetta Cole's mother once told her: "When it comes to choosing your life's work, follow your passion." And that she has done with a vengeance. When she accepted the presidency of Spelman College in 1987, she was a professor of anthropology and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Hunter College, and the author of two books on anthropology. She was also nationally known as an expert on cross-cultural studies of race, gender, and class. Since assuming leadership of Spelman, Dr. Cole's ...
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Johnnetta Cole's mother once told her: "When it comes to choosing your life's work, follow your passion." And that she has done with a vengeance. When she accepted the presidency of Spelman College in 1987, she was a professor of anthropology and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Hunter College, and the author of two books on anthropology. She was also nationally known as an expert on cross-cultural studies of race, gender, and class. Since assuming leadership of Spelman, Dr. Cole's career has continued to be a series of spectacular achievements: at her inauguration, Bill and Camille Cosby made a gift of twenty million dollars to the college - the single largest gift from individuals to a historically Black college; she was appointed by President Bush to be a founding director of the Points of Light Foundation; she was the first Black woman to be named to the board of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and she was recently elected as the first woman to the Coca-Cola Enterprises' board of directors. In Conversations, Dr. Cole - feminist, educator, African-American spokeswoman - speaks directly to her younger sisters: America's Black women. She calls out to them to take an active role - as she is doing - to help make their world a better place. She speaks out on racism, sexism, Eurocentrism, and isolationism. She makes concrete suggestions to help them break down the walls that hold them back. This isn't just a book for young Black women, however. Upbeat, optimistic, and inspiring, Conversations is for anyone who cares about improving his or her universe and making it a better world. Hearken to Dr. Cole's words: "Let's save our Earth. It's the only one we have. Let's make it a place filled with peace and justice."

Feminist, educator, African American spokeswoman, and "Sister Prez" to thousands of alumnae of Spelman College, where she has been President for the last seven years--Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole tells young African American women how to take an active role in making their world a better place.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``We African American women must cure whatever ails us,'' states the president of Spelman College in Atlanta, in this anecdotal discourse--on her life, and on race, feminism and education--addressed directly, but not exclusively, to young black women. In a wise, warm and animated voice, she recalls the formation of her racial identity in a black upper-middle-class family in Jacksonville, Fla., her studies in anthropology, her interracial marriage and her growing political consciousness. Criticizing provincialism and apathy, Coles exhorts parents to teach their children to be proud of their ethnic heritage and to avoid bigotry. Arguing that education is the most effective instrument for change, she eschews any exclusionary ethnic-centered view, but calls for a ``worldcentric education'' based on social awareness and responsibility, participatory learning and respect for diversity. Author tour. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Cole, an educator and the first African American woman to head historic Spelman College in Atlanta, exhorts and enlightens readers in her impassioned book, which she refers to as a dialog. Cole provides a brief autobiographical sketch to let readers know ``where she is coming from'' and to remind them of the ties that bind African American women together. She admonishes readers, especially black ``sisters,'' to take an active stance against the ``isms'' that continue to plague America: racism, sexism, Eurocentrism, and isolationism. She provides some notable and concrete solutions while allowing readers to maintain the dialog by writing their own conclusions to her urgent message. Written in a lively conversational style, this necessary book is unabashedly recommended.-- Angela Washington- Blair, Brookhaven Coll. Learning Resource Ctr., Farmers Branch, Tex.
Virginia Dwyer
Cole's inauguration as president of Spelman, a black college for women, caught headlines when Bill and Camille Cosby made a $20 million bequest. Cole's "Conversations" provides some insight into that extraordinary gesture. These essays reverberate with purpose, conviction, and confidence. Making it clear she is talking with her "sisters," she speaks to the issues of racism, sexism, provincialism, self-help, and education as they affect African American women, beginning with her own successful story. Firm in her sympathy for all black struggles, she is equally assertive on women's issues. To counter the burdens of racism and sexism she holds her sisters to her own large visions of responsibility and power, urging them to claim their country and their world. While her analyses are well reasoned, it is her bracing encouragement and practical directions that are likely to make this an influential book for young black women. Her thinking is also generous enough to profit any young person facing today's issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385421300
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/13/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 208

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    Wonderful

    Cole expresses many ideas in this book that I agree with and can relate to. It was an eye opening book. It's not exactly a page turner, but I enjoyed it.

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