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Sista Talk Too


Rochelle Brock

In Sista Talk Too, Rochelle Brock brings meaningful new material which evokes and updates her past examination of Black women in today’s culture. The first Sista Talk: The Personal and the Pedagogical is an inquiry into the questions of how Black women define their existence in a society which devalues, dehumanizes, and silences their beliefs. Placing herself inside of the research, Rochelle Brock invited the reader on a journey of self-exploration, as she and seven of her Black female students investigate their collective journey toward self-awareness in the attempt to liberate their minds and souls from ideological domination. Throughout, Sista Talk attempted to understand the ways in which this self-exploration informs her pedagogy. Combining Black feminist and Afrocentric theory with critical pedagogy, Sista Talk Too frames the parameters for an Afrowomanist pedagogy of wholeness for teaching Black students and strength in dealing with an unpredictable and often unstable view of the future. Rochelle Brock brings us something to be remembered by, chapters and writings from students and colleagues to help us survive and thrive in this world…all in the spirit of love, life, and Oshun.

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Chapter Five A Pedagogy of Wholeness: Part One—The Theory



A Pedagogy of Wholeness: Part One: The Theory

Trying to write beyond the assignment of language to a medium of personal expression. I have been cognizant that writing does not translate a reality outside itself but, more precisely, allows the emergence of a new reality. (Simon, 1992, p. 4)

Oshun: Rochelle, who will help our children? Can you? Will you?

Rochelle: Let me tell you a story about Jake. About a year ago I awoke early to put the finishing touches on an article I was completing. It was 5:00 a.m. and I felt relaxed. I knew what was needed to tie all of the disparate pieces together and time, for once, was on my side. I made a fresh pot of coffee and sat to read the paper before I returned to the computer. I vividly remember the instant I sat down with my coffee and looked at the first page of the morning paper my relaxation left me. I was forced to remember why I chose the topic I did, why I had so much trouble theorizing about education, why I got “emotional” whenever I thought about/discussed the miseducation of African American youth.

Staring at me from the front page of USA Today was Jake Williams (Johnson, 1997). He appeared to be a handsome Black man. Chocolate complexion, like the sweet-bitter coffee I was drinking, oval eyes that were staring right through me, broad nose that...

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