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ERIC Number: ED431766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 12
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African American Teaching and the Matriarchal Performance.
Jeffries, Rhonda Baynes
This paper discusses the role of matriarchs in African-American culture, explaining that traditionally, African-American matriarchs arise from a combination of African norms and American social positions that naturally forces them to assume leadership conditions. The roles these women assume are a response to the desire to survive in a society that has created and perpetuated a complicated system of social and economical domination for the African-American men with whom they share their lives. They are not exceedingly powerful beings outside of their communities, though they have accomplished great things under the oppressive devices of many. In education, these women are such a strong force because of the history attached to this position. With education being one of the few professions in which African Americans could work, the matriarch was a substantial figure in African-American culture and education. The matriarchs reacted to the social, emotional, educational, and sometimes even financial needs of their students. The matriarchs drew upon matriarchal tradition to help their students get prepared for classes and life in school. They worked toward bridging the gap between school and community, making home visits on a regular basis. They had a nurturing role that helped African-American students and their families in their collective struggle for racial, social, and economic equality. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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