The Best Books On Black Motherhood

Anna Malaika Tubbs Author Of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation
By Anna Malaika Tubbs

The Books I Picked & Why

We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood

By Dani McClain

We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood

Why this book?

This book is a beautiful combination of personal narrative and social commentary. McClain takes you through many of the complicated emotions of raising Black children in the United States while also leaving her reader with a sense of sisterhood and support. It’s a must when it comes to understanding the current landscape Black mothers are facing.


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Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth

By Julia Oparah, Alicia Bonaparte

Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy, and Childbirth

Why this book?

A crucial read not only for understanding the unique obstacles facing Black birthing parents but also for celebrating the work of organizers who have fought for our reproductive justice. This book explains how key moments in history have led to where we are today and fills gaps of understanding that many have when it comes to Black maternal health.


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Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood

By Cecelie Berry

Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood

Why this book?

This anthology brings together diverse Black women’s voices to discuss motherhood, they range from mothers who celebrate their role to women who ask why motherhood is cast upon all of us as a necessary step, they explore the joys as well as some of the painful realities of loss and postpartum depression. Reading these stories from varied perspectives in short essay formats makes it approachable and allows you to move through it at a pace that is comfortable for any reader.


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Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai'a Williams

Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines

Why this book?

This book powerfully expands our definition of mothers and the role of mothering and presents it as a path to transformation. You will leave this book with a radical new perspective of what mothering does for everyone in our society. It is anti-imperialist, inclusive, and as the title suggests - revolutionary. If everyone read this, we would all live in a better world!


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In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

By Alice Walker

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

Why this book?

This anthology of some of Walker’s most powerful works with a focus on discovering ourselves through studying those who came before us is both incredibly informative and emotional. It explores motherhood not only through the biological role but also in a sense of community mothering and foremothers. There is much to learn about our present by examining lessons laid out for us by generations past.


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