is the story of Black women.
Through the centuries, to cope with racial and gender discrimination,
African American women have at times altered their speech, appearance,
and behavior. They have shifted emotionally as they struggled to
feel good about themselves in a hostile world. And often, in myriad
ways, they have fought back. We, Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden,
have attempted to shine a light on the double lives of Black women
in America. Our African American Women's Voices Project gathered
the stories of 400 women from all walks of life and every corner
of the country who spoke about their triumphs and challenges on
the job, raising Black children, in romantic relationships and in
recognizing their own beauty. Their voices provide powerful and
poignant insights into the psychology of Black women. We believe
is a valuable tool for all Black women and
for anyone who cares about them or the state of race and gender
relations in our society.
Welcome to our website. We hope that all of you who choose to
visit will walk away inspired and with much to think about. We
Thanks for reading. And enjoy.