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Black Women Speaking From Within

Essays and Experiences in Higher Education

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Edited By Kelly K. Hope

In Black Women Speaking From Within: Essays and Experiences in Higher Education, contributors use intersectional and interdisciplinary lenses to share the ways in which they understand, navigate, resist, and transform student services, learning, teaching, and existing in the academy. This book explores and discusses the following question: How do Black women experience and perceive place and agency in higher education? Black Women Speaking From Within draws upon the influence organizational culture, sense-making, and sisterhood has on praxis and pedagogy and places the Black woman’s stories and experiences at the center of the conversation.

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Chapter 7: Build, Bond, or Break: Sisterhood in the Midst of Individual Transformations (Lytasha Marie Blackwell)

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Chapter 7: Build, Bond, or Break: Sisterhood in the Midst of Individual Transformations

BY LYTASHA MARIE BLACKWELL1

Sisters

Sisters Sisters stand together Through good and bad times Sisters heal together They grow like vines Sisters are able To withstand and endure Sisters can be poisonous Sisters can be pure Sisters’ work together to ignite the community Sisters’ march together to promote strength and unity Sisters love and spread wisdom Sisters give more and then some Sisters stick together Sisters make it through Sisters are the belly of the beast Sisters see how much you can make it through Sisters never send you on a journey unprepared Sisters know they may be unable to stay long Sisters wait patiently and listen to your heart’s song Sisters help you pull through Sisters rely and depend on you Sisters can sometimes be brutal ← 75 | 76 → Sisters input can most times be crucial Sisters stay up all night Sisters talk you out of an unneeded fight Sisters teach you their lessons Sisters share their secrets Sisters give advice when you need it Sisters will point out your flaws Sisters will also catch you before you fall Sisters study together Sisters dream of equality Sisters know this fight isn’t easy If it was, sisterhood wouldn’t be Sisters can be there for a lifetime Sisters can come for a season Sisterhood is transformative Every sister has a reason

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