Let’s talk about Black mothers

Tits and tats about gender-based violence around the world

Despite the influence of civil rights icons Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin, their mother’s stories were all but erased from history. That is until Dr. Anna Malaika-Tubbs came along. While pregnant with her first child, Dr. Malaika-Tubbs wrote the award-winning book The Three Mothers: How the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation. Her original research details the lives and influence these women had, and is a catalyst for conversation about the many ways we continue to undervalue the work of mothers. She joins Sabrina to discuss:

  • The ways in which American society could better celebrate and support mothers
  • How she refused to be erased as the wife of a prominent politician
  • Her experience as a Black woman raising young children

Round Up

  • Anna’s incredible 2021 TED talk: How moms shape the world.
  • As Anna eloquently explains in today’s episode, Black mothers don’t have a choice as to whether or not they are going to talk to their kids about race, racism, and the ugly realities of the world. Those of us who are white get more of a choice–and we hope you’ll join us in choosing to raise anti-racist kids. Here are 20 resources for navigating how.
  • Another podcast we love: Dear White Women. Episodes range from interviews of people whose stories you might not often hear to deep dives into history, psychology, and current events that help explain how our world looks today to actions that you take right now to make change in your spheres.
  • An artistic tribute to three more Black mothers erased from history–these three the mothers of gynecology. (4 min | article/radio segment)
  • Listen to it on your next trip. Or perhaps that commute that just returned to your daily routine. Or read it poolside as your precious little angel splashes you for the seventy-fourth time. Grab yourself Anna’s dissertation turned book turned NYT-bestseller: The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation.

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