There are disturbing trends in the continued under-representation of African American women in higher education, especially their attainment of post-baccalaureate and graduate degrees. This is an issue of major concern nationally, for the Black community, and for leaders in higher education. The fifteen scholars who contribute to this volume trace the trajectory of Black women in education, with a particular focus on higher education. These scholars combine research and personal narratives to explore educational issues ranging from historical accounts of Black female teachers in the nineteenth century, to the challenges and triumphs of being an activist researcher at the turn of the twenty-first century. The essays in this volume address specific historical, social, cultural, political, and academic issues that affect Black women in the academy, and provide readers with tangible examples of how these scholars have transcended some of the challenges in their pursuit of academic excellence. While these essays do not claim to provide the ""magic solution"" or a ""how-to-guide"" to success in higher education, they do raise thought-provoking issues critical to the success of Black women in higher education. This book uncovers issues, and proposes remedies, which will be of vital interest for anyone concerned with diversity and equity in higher education. It celebrates emergent scholars of African descent, who have used the challenges they have encountered in their journeys through the academy to create opportunities for success.
Reitumetse Mabokela Mabokela is an Assistant Professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University; and Zine Magubane is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology and African Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Anna L. Green received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Florida State University in Tallahassee. She is currently an assistant professor at Florida A&M University in the School of Business and Industry.