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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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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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