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ERIC Number: EJ963840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
This Bridge Called My Leadership: An Essay on Black Women as Bridge Leaders in Education
Horsford, Sonya Douglass
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v25 n1 p11-22 2012
The purpose of this essay is to contextualize the existing research literature on leadership for diversity, equity, and social justice in education with "bridge leadership" as historically practiced by Black women leaders in the USA. Its primary aim is to demonstrate how the intersection of race and gender as experienced by the Black woman leader has, in many instances, resulted in her serving as a bridge for others, to others, and between others in multiple and often complicated contexts over time. Framed by a discussion of Black feminisms, this project centers the intersectionality of race and gender identities alongside context as important indicators in the development of leadership philosophies, epistemologies, and practice. It concludes with how and why bridge leadership can serve as an effective model for leading diverse school communities where race and class divides continue to stifle learning opportunities for large numbers of poor, Black, Latino, and immigrant children and youth in the USA. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States