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Readers of the Quilt: Essays on Being Black, Female, and Literate by Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

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The collection of essays in this book is a documentation of the many ways in which Black women see themselves as literate, productive citizens. Their stories, as well as their writing of these documents, represent another phase in the journey of Blacks women’s literacy evolution in this country. Whether the women write about functional, school, media, maternal, traditional, workplace, or computational literacy, the writers find themselves seeking ways to share their knowledge and to widen the degree of agency that they exercise in society. Further, the women enumerate the ways in which we must now become aware of the Black woman’s role in the growth of literate practices and the role that literacy plays in the development of all aspects of our society.
As Black women are written off by society if they do not meet the criteria of those in power, and as class- and race-based language is continually used to represent Black literate women, this book offers a cutting-edge look at crucial literacy issues for the 21st century.

Contents: Introduction, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy. SECTION I. Literacy and the Black Woman, Sharon M. Darling. Black and on Welfare: What You Don’t Know About Single Parent Women, Sandra Golden. Unearthing Hidden Literacy: Seven Lessons I Learned in a Cotton Field, Lillie Gayle Smith. Voices of Our Foremothers: Celebrating the Legacy of African-American Women Educators: A Personal Dedication, Sunny-Marie Birney. Lessons from Down Under: Reflections on Meanings of Literacy and Knowledge from an African-American Female Growing Up in Rural Alabama, Bessie House-Soremekun. SECTION II Transformative College Literacy of Literate Black Women Peer Counselors, Robin Wisiewski. Black Women/Black Literature, Cristina McVay and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy. Teachers as Leaders in Urban Education: Testimonies of Transformation, Joan T. Wynne. SECTION III Storytelling, Wanda J. Franklin and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy. Women and Literacy in Alice Walker’s The Color urple, E. Yevette Walters. Dysfunctional Literacies of Exclusion: An Exploration of the Burdens of Literacy in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions, Mandi Chikombero. Reel Women: Black Women and Literacy in Feature Films, Joanne Kilgour Dowdy. To Be Black, Female, and Literate: A Personal Journey in Education and Alienation, Leonie C.R. Smith. Author Index. Subject Index.

Year: 2005 Pages: 225

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