Black Women Speak Back, Up, and Out
Chapter Eleven: Black Feminism in Qualitative Education Research: A Mosaic for Interpreting Race, Class, and Gender in Education
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A Mosaic for Interpreting Race, Class, and Gender in Education
VENUS E. EVANS-WINTERS
Only a few black women have rekindled the spirit of feminist struggle that stirred the hearts and minds of our nineteenth century sisters. We, black women who advocate feminist ideology, are pioneers. We are clearing a path for ourselves and our sisters. We hope that as long as they see us reach our goal—no longer victimized, no longer unrecognized, no longer afraid—they will take courage and follow. —bell hooks, Ain’t I a Woman
No could wish for a more advantageous heritage than that bequeathed to the black writer in the South: a compassion for the earth, a trust in humanity beyond our knowledge of evil, and an abiding love of justice. We inherit a great responsibility as well, for we must give voice to centuries not only of silent bitterness and hate but also of neighborly kindness and sustaining love. —Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose
In the above opening quote by Black feminist author Alice Walker (1983), she poetically describes the inherited knowledge and ethos that Black writers possess, by virtue of having to make and sustain life in often hostile environmental and social conditions. As Walker explains throughout her writings, it was through familial love, the support of the Black community, and an appreciation for what the earth yields that Black people learned to sustain their own life and that of...
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