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Dawn Marie Dow Releases "Mothering While Black"

Boundaries and burdens of middle-class black parenthood

Faculty Associate Dawn Marie Dow, in her latest book “Mothering While Black," analyzes the complex lives of middle class African American mothers. She shows how African American mothers struggle to protect their children’s “black” identities and how the research done with middle-class families address the lives of elite white mothers versus African American middle and upper class mothers. Considering race and ethnicity, and gender and culture, the author examines the parenting practices these mothers apply to raise their black boys and black girls and how they shed light from the dominant culture to ensure their children’s safety, wellbeing and future prospects. 

See the UC Press announcement