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Black Feminism in Education

Black Women Speak Back, Up, and Out

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Edited By Venus E. Evans-Winters and Bettina L. Love

In Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Back, Up, and Out, authors use an endarkened feminist lens to share the ways in which they have learned to resist, adapt, and re-conceptualize education research, teaching, and learning in ways that serve the individual, community, nation, and all of humanity. Chapters explore and discuss the following question: How is Black feminist thought and/or an endarkened feminist epistemology (EFE) being used in pre-K through higher education contexts and scholarship to marshal new research methodologies, frameworks, and pedagogies? At the intersection of race, class, and gender, the book draws upon alternative research methodologies and pedagogies that are possibly transformative and healing for all involved in the research, teaching, and service experience. The volume is useful for those interested in women and gender studies, research methods, and cultural studies.
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The authors of this book share with the academic community the ways in which we have learned to embrace, resist, adapt, and reconceptualize education research, teaching, and learning in ways to better serve our personal growth, individuals, our cultural communities, nation, and all of humanity. Although books are available on how Black women navigate the academy, what makes this book unique is that contributing authors intentionally and creatively reflect on how they use endarkened feminist epistemological frameworks, a term coined by Cynthia Dillard (Nana Mansa II of Mpeasem, Ghana, West Africa) to construct stories on educational transformation as raced, gendered, and cultural embodied work.

In her book On Spiritual Strivings: Transforming an African American Woman’s Academic Life, Dillard (2006) explains,

I use the term “endarkened” feminist epistemology to articulate how reality is known when based in the historical roots of Black feminist thought, embodying a distinguishable difference in cultural standpoint, located in the intersection/overlap of the culturally constructed socializations of race, gender, and other identities, and the historical and contemporary contexts of oppressions and resistance for African American women. (p. 3)

While Black feminism and writings have long traditions, Dillard’s theoretical and methodological writings are some of the first works in the field of education that successfully interweaved Black feminists’ politics, spirituality, and Africanism with traditional education research, curriculum, and practice. ← 1 | 2 →Historically, women of African ancestry, such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Septima P. Clark, Anna Julius Cooper, Fanny Lou Hamer, Elizabeth...

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