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D.I.V.A. Diaries

The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured

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Edited By Cherrel Miller Dyce and Toni Milton Williams

The Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic Sistas (D.I.V.A.S.) is a group of Black women who formed a bond with one another as doctoral students as a means of support on their journey through the academy. The acronym defines the women individually and as an entire group. This anthology can be used as a practical, student-centered sourcebook for Black female doctoral candidates. By providing narratives about the importance of race, class, culture, religion, socioeconomics, and nationality, this book aims to encourage more Black women to pursue a terminal degree and to continue professional development throughout their careers. It provides readers with strategies to sustain themselves while in a graduate program, on the job market, and during the tenure-earning process. Contributors are full of passion as they encourage one another while bringing the reader into their realm of the academic battlefield.

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Chapter 4. Black Wonder Woman: Demystifying the “Supernatural” Powers of the Black Female Doctoral Student (Cheryll Sibley-Albold)

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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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