Black Women Speak Back, Up, and Out
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Every book project is a team effort with many individuals providing support and guidance. I would like to express extreme gratitude to my coeditor and sister-friend, Bettina “Bet” Love, for jumping on board with this project with no hesitation, for helping keep me organized, and for adding that extra creative touch to the book. Also, I would like to give much thanks to Cynthia Dillard for hearing, understanding, accepting, and tweaking the vision that Bettina and I had for the book. Undoubtedly, Dr. Dillard, your guidance made this volume a better book than we could have imagined. Thanks for pushing us to think more critically and expressively about what is possible in performing a Black womanist identity in the academy. Also, I wish to acknowledge the unwavering support of the Peter Lang team. Thanks for supporting scholars living at the margins. For my behind-the-scenes support, I would like to thank the entire Winters clan: Steve, Stephen, and Serena. Working on a book project means deadlines, and deadlines mean a distracted spouse and mother. Yet, you all always support this women’s work that I do on behalf of the family, community, and nation. Thank you all for always having my back and displaying much needed patience. Lastly, I thank all of the coauthors who have made this book idea a reality. Our spirits are inscribed onto these pages and together we represent our mothers and foremothers well, giving voice to the past, present, and future of endarkened knowledge and...
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