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From Oppression to Grace: Women of Color and Their Dilemmas Within the Academy




(First paragraph) Scholars argue that White feminist theoretical undertakings concerning mothering are not appropriate for studying Black mothers because they rarely take race and culture into consideration (Collins, 1991; Joseph, 1991). Collins (1994) argues that the experiences of Black mothers are paramount to any inclusive discussion about mother/child relationships. Scholars who have turned their attention to the Black mother often do so via literary works and/or criticism (see, for example, Crews, 1996; Morrison, 1987; Wade-Gayles, 1984; Washington, 1990; Williams, 1986) or in reality (Collins, 1991, 1994; Roberts, 1997a). However, a computerized search for studies on the Black mother produces literature that concentrates on single Black ‘‘welfare’’ mothers (for example, Augustin, 1997; Roberts, 1997b). Little research is available on (1) Black mothers who choose to be single, (2) single Black mothers who are professionals, or (3) single Black mothers who are pursuing doctorate degrees.


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Hinton-Johnson, K. (2011). Choosing my best thing: Black motherhood and academia. In T. R. Berry & N. Mizelle (Eds.), From Oppression to Grace : Women of Color and Their Dilemmas within the Academy (pp. 155-167). Sterling: Stylus Publishing.