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Title:SOLHOT: black girlhood celebration of love, literacy, hip-hop and motherhood
Author(s):Lewis, Sheri
Advisor(s):Brown, Ruth N.
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black girls
Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT)
love practices
Abstract:In order to create pedagogical methods and practices committed to educational attainment and healthy lifestyles one must recognize the impact of love as pedagogy. In my paper, I demonstrate how I utilize a concept I call “love practices” within a Black-girl-centered space entitled “Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths” (SOLHOT). When exploring the utility of love as practice among Black girls, in SOLHOT, at a local middle school in Champaign, Illinois, I ask the following: what is the relationship between love and Black girlhood? What is/are the impetus, motivation(s), and commitments of Black girls to a girl-centered space? What does it mean to be a part of a space for girls that foreground love? To assess Black girls in a context of love practices, I employ autoethnography, a method that permits me to openly discuss my experiences and research as self-reflective interpretations. My key findings, such as humility, listening, practice, imagining a critical space for Black girls, and recognizing complexities of love, are the critical lessons that have contributed to the process of organizing SOLHOT.
Issue Date:2013-05-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Sheri Lewis
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-05-24
Date Deposited:2013-05

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