April 9, 2019 7:30 pm
Reporter and strategist Dani McClain joins us at Greenlight to present her new book We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. McClain, a first-time mother, sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she, as a black woman, knows to be an unjust, even hostile society. Black women are more likely to die during pregnancy or birth than any other race; black mothers must stand before television cameras telling the world that their slain children were human beings. What, then, is the best way to keep fear at bay and raise a child so she lives with dignity and joy? Following a child’s development from infancy to the teenage years, We Live for the We touches on everything from the importance of creativity to building a mutually supportive community to navigating one’s relationship with power and authority. It is an essential handbook to help us imagine the society we build for the next generation.
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