Inspired by a dinner conversation with a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, who shared her journey during the heart of the civil rights movement while a student at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Stephana I. Colbert highlights the journeys of 10 Black women Elders, including a community activist, a grade-school teacher, a preacher’s wife, and an octogenarian who journeyed from abject poverty to become the first African American woman to attain Senior Executive status in the government agency in which she worked. These are all beautiful women conveying their life’s journeys largely in their own words.
This anthology specifically responds to the invisibility of African American women and their contributions to their families, their communities and the world, in conversation, literature, politics, and the media, by offering a glimpse into the lives of women – Elders – who are women of strength, love, compassion, perseverance and love. It is a significant effort to heed Christopher Lebron’s warning in his January 2016 Boston Review article, The Invisibility of Black Women that without such stories, “African American future generations will never be able to fully grasp the robust demands of racial equality since they will have been taught that the twenty-three million black women in America are not worth seeing, thus not worthy of respect and equality.” Ordinary Extraordinary African American Women: The Elders thus does not seek to exclude, but rather is designed to finally include African American women in the discussion of the African American and the American experience.
|Publisher:||Jewell Jordan Publishing, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
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