The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured
Edited By Cherrel Miller Dyce and Toni Milton Williams
Chapter 4. Black Wonder Woman: Demystifying the “Supernatural” Powers of the Black Female Doctoral Student (Cheryll Sibley-Albold)
4. Black Wonder Woman: Demystifying the “Supernatural” Powers of the Black Female Doctoral Student Cheryll siBley-alBolD Calling all Sistas (A DIVAS Love Poem) Come, come, come, run, run, run, I to you will come and run Calling, calling, calling you, oh sister, my sister run … hurry, please come You’re falling, falling and we are calling … calling out to you … Above their lies, please hear our cries … didn’t they say Black is not beautiful? LIE, Afrocentric is not scholarly? LIE Sister my sister don’t you understand? Those are false ideologies to keep you under their command Negative self-esteem implanted when they stole us from our native land As a people we’ve been falling, falling, so sister, my sister, listen DIVAS is calling … calling to you … and this is our decree Collective hands are outstretched to catch you, loose those chains of self-doubt Don’t be afraid to set your intellect free … oh sister, my sister, you can lean on me When you’re not strong … and convinced you won’t make it to the end. My sister, my friend … A safe place awaits in the warm embrace of your DIVA sisters. Like the heroine Diana Prince of the 1970s hit TV show Wonder Woman, which I grew up watching during my most formative years (yes, I know she was played by a Caucasian actress, but stay with me), I am a superhero. I am the progeny of West Indian Amazons—a legacy of Black wonder women analogous to the Amazonian all-female inhabitants on the...
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