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Contents Acknowledgments, xv Wisdom Rocked Steady [poem] Nancy Lynne Westfield, xvi Introduction Writing for Our Lives: Womanism as an Epistemological Revolution Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas, 1 PART I: RADICAL SUBJECTIVITY, 19 When Mama Was God [poem] Raedorah Stewart-Dodd, 20 1 Structured Academic Amnesia: As If This True Womanist Story Never Happened Katie G. Cannon, 24 2 From ¿Force Ripe¿ to ¿Womanish/ist¿: Black Girlhood and African Diasporan Feminist Consciousness Carol B. Duncan, 37 3 Womanism Encounters Islam: A Muslim Scholar Considers the Efficacy of a Method Rooted in the Academy and the Church Debra Majeed, 50 4 Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: The Making of a Catholic Womanist Theologian Diana Hayes, 72 PART II: TRADITIONAL COMMUNALISM, 103 Reflecting\Black [poem] Dianne M. Stewart, 104 5 Dancing Limbo: Black Passages Through the Boundaries of Place, Race, Class, and Religion Dianne M. Stewart, 110 6 Hospitality, Haints, and Healing: A Southern African American Meaning of Religion Rosemarie Freeney Harding with Rachel Elizabeth Harding, 131 7 Lessons and Treasures in Our Mothers¿ Witness: Why I Write about Black Women¿s Activism Rosetta E. Ross, 153 8 ¿Mama Why¿?¿ A Womanist Epistemology of Hope Lynne Westfield, 171 PART III: REDEMPTIVE SELF-LOVE, 188 I¿ve Been Mixed Like Cornbread [poem] Raedorah Stewart-Dodd, 189 9 Twenty Years a Womanist: An Affirming Challenge Kelly Brown Douglas, 191 10 A Womanist Journey Karen Baker-Fletcher, 208 11 Quilting Relations with Creation: Overcoming, Going Through, and Not Being Stuck Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, 233 12 The Sweet Fire of Honey: Womanist Visions of Osun as a Methodology of Emancipation Shani Settles PART IV: CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT, 278 Nevertheless, In Stark Contradiction [poem] Lynne Westfield, 279 13 Womanist Humanism Melanie L. Harris, 283 14 A Thinking Margin: The Womanist Movement as Critical Cognitive Praxis M. Shawn Copeland, 305 15 The Womanist Dancing Mind: Speaking to the Expansiveness of Womanist Discourse Emilie M. Townes, 320 PART V: APPROPRIATION AND RECIPROCITY, 337 they came because of the wailing [poem] emilie townes, 338 16 Womanist Visions, Womanist Spirit An Asian Feminist Response Kwok Pui-Lan, 340 17 Lavender Celebrates Purple A White Feminist Response Letty Russell, 351 18 Womanists and Mujeristas, Sisters in the Struggle A Mujerista Response Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, 358 19 Mining the Motherlode A Latina Feminist Response Daisy Machado, 365 20 What¿s the Theological Equivalent of a ¿Manish Boy? A Humanist and Black Theologian Response Anthony Pinn, 372 21 Lies Above Suspicion: Being Human in Black Folk Tales A Black Liberation Theologian Response Dwight Hopkins, 382 22 Is a Womanist a Black Feminist? Marking the Distinctions and Defying Them A Black Feminist Response Traci C. West, 394 Bibliography, 400 About the Contributors, 426 Index 000
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