Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within

Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within

by Carol Tonge Mack


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Carol Tonge Mack takes us on a journey from a small town in Antigua, to the streets of the South Bronx, to private college life in New England, to a career in academia in her wonderful memoir, 'Being Bernadette: From Polite Silence to Finding the Black Girl Magic Within'. From the opening of Carol's memoir to the final pages, you see a life that has endured the challenges of not only being an immigrant to the shores of the U.S., but specifically as an immigrant who is also black and female. The title of the memoir is telling in that we see a girl taught to be respectful of tradition and of others, and how this upbringing morphs into a way of enduring the sudden confrontation of being 'American'. Once in the U.S., this upbringing becomes a mode of survival until Mrs. Tonge Mack learns the realities of what it takes to actually make it as a black female immigrant in a world that sometimes views her with skepticism and sometimes, even downright hatred. In all, Carol's memoir is told with love, humor, wisdom and most of all a sense of endurance- - the kind of endurance endowed by the magic of being a black woman.

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ISBN-13: 9781975647261
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/02/2017
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Carol Tonge Mack is an educator, black feminist, and student advocate. She has been working for the past twenty years in higher education and began her professional career as an academic advisor at the University of New Hampshire. Carol believes in the power of "real" sisterhood and helping women recognize they are good enough, regardless if they are holding a broom or the gavel. Currently, she is an assistant dean at the University of Cincinnati, serving and empowering students from enrollment to graduation.
Carol received her bachelor's degree in history from Middlebury College in Vermont, her master of arts in teaching, as well as a master of education in counseling from the University of New Hampshire. A native of the Caribbean island of Antigua, Carol grew up in the South Bronx, New York City; her extended family resides in Harlem, New York. She has two amazing children and is also married to an organic chemistry professor.

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