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ERIC Number: EJ1161235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1086-296X
For Loretta: A Black Woman Literacy Scholar's Journey to Prioritizing Self-Preservation and Black Feminist-Womanist Storytelling
Baker-Bell, April
Journal of Literacy Research, v49 n4 p526-543 Dec 2017
In this article, I used "Black feminist-womanist" storytelling to weave together stories from my childhood and early years on the tenure track to illuminate how Black female language and literacy practices and the strongblackwoman trope develop across a life span. Through these stories, I illustrate how I existed, resisted, and persisted during my first 3 years on the tenure track as a Black woman and emerging language and literacy scholar with a family. This research is significant as scholarship that centers Black women literacy researchers' lived experiences is missing from the field. As such, this work contributes to presenting a fuller narrative of Black women literacy researchers' experiences and working lives within and beyond the academy. This research also expands the field's knowledge of what counts as literacy research by understanding the complex racial and gendered life span literacies of a literacy researcher of color. It is important for institutions and organizations to consider the knowledge, experiences, and stories I include in this article as recommendations to sustain Black women in academic spaces and shift the culture of academia to better support Black women's work and journeys.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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