Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines
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"This collection is a treat for anyone that sees class and that needs to learn more about the experiences of women of color (and who doesn't?!). There is no dogma here, just fresh ideas and women of color taking on capitalism, anti-racist, anti-sexist theory-building that is rooted in the most primal of human connections, the making of two people from the body of one: mothering."
--Barbara Jensen, author of Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America
"For women of color, mothering--the art of mothering--has been framed by the most virulent systems, historically: enslavement, colonialism, capitalism, imperialism. We have had few opportunities to define mothering not only as an aspect of individual lives and choices, but as the processes of love and as a way of structuring community. Revolutionary Mothering arrives as a needed balm."
--Alexis De Veaux, author of Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde
"Although it is primarily written for mothers of all ages, the issues that are raised--about family, love, struggle, sacrifice, and acceptance--are universal as they speak to the revolutionary that exists within all of us."
--Karsonya Wise Whitehead, PhD, assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies, Loyola University Maryland
"Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines is juicy, gutsy, vulnerable, and very brave. These women insist on having their children in a society that does not welcome them, in a world that is rapidly falling apart. Their dream for their children, based on their love of them, encompasses the sorrow and the joy that mothers everywhere, whether human, animal, or plant, feel at this time. A radical vision, many radical visions of how to mother in a time of resistance and of pain."
--Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist
"This is the book for readers who know mothering is not just about a baby and a mother or parents in an isolated suburban nursery, but that mothering happens in a context of generations, a context of racial history, and in a spiritual context; that it takes place from the shore line to the front line, in times of scarcity and abundance; that it is queer and love-filled. Here, revolution, love, and mothering are an inseparable unity."
--Faith Holsaert, coeditor of Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts of Women in SNCC