A Paradise to Regain

Post-Obama Insights from Women Educators of the Black Diaspora

February 2019
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    Myers Education Press
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    27th February
  • ISBN 9781975501112
  • Language English
  • Pages 276 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
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    Myers Education Press
  • ISBN 9781975501105
  • Language English
  • Pages 276 pp.
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June 2019
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A Paradise to Regain: Post-Obama Insights from Women Educators of the Black Diaspora seeks to avert the likelihood of erasure of President Barack Obama’s legacy of hope and possibility that every child, regardless of race, faith, and gender affiliation, can dream big and live to see his/her dream turn into reality. As women educators of color, we all agree that the socio-political climate prevailing in the United States of America, since the aftermath of the 2016 election, requires unprecedented agency. The book provides space for Black women educators–African Americans, Naturalized Black Americans, and Foreign-born Blacks from Africa, the Caribbean Islands and South America (e.g., Guyana)–to have a candid conversation with their young children—sons and daughters, nephews and nieces—about the roadblocks they are likely to face as minority youth of color in their pursuit of greatness and the reminder that they have a role model in President Obama to look up to in moments of extreme frustration and exasperation. Voices of engaged educators of color are indispensable to make sure that children understand that that despite a-360-degree turn from eight consecutive years of a reassuring message that “change had come”, that paradise had been gained, into the threatening message of “making America white again”, we count on them to regain the paradise.

FOREWORD--Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz 

INTRODUCTION: Eight Years of Paradise: An Obama Will Come Again—Immaculée Harushimana


Chap. I: “They’re Coming for Our Jobs Too!” Double Standards for Black and White Leadership in the Age of Obama and Trump—Rosaire Ifedi

Chap. II: Does Race Matter in Dissertation Mentoring?: A Black Native Caribbean Woman Research Methodologist Genuflects and Reflects—Janice Fournillier

Chap. III: Transformative Leadership-“Botho-Humane”: A Wellness Perspective—Maheabo D. Magano

Chap. IV: Mission to Accomplish: A Journey to Math Democracy—Marcia Burrell

Chap. V: Teaching Through the Lens of a Mother—Josephine Jarpa Dawuni


Chap. VI: Gender Equality Not of This World: In the Brave New World—Lindamichelle Baron

Chap. VII: Hope Ring: Memories of a Black Girl Finding Hope During the 2008 Elections—Ronisha Browdy

Chap. VIII: Oppressive Patriarchy: African Women Struggle with Gender Inequality—Kedibone Gladys Mokwena

Chap. IX: Teaching Adult Learners of Color in a Time of Struggle: The Impact on Children –Jaye Jones

Chapter X: Incivility: Experiences of a Black widow in Higher Education Working Environment–Sizakele M. Matlabe


Chap. XI: Where Is Justice for Immigrants! “If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed? If You Tickle Us, Do We Not Laugh?—Mary Ghongkedze

Chap. XII: “Talking Some and Leaving Some”: One Kenyan Woman’s Strategy of Teaching and Sustaining Minority Languages in America—Esther Milu

Chap. XIII: When Being Articulate Isn’t Enough: The Narrative of a French-Speaking African Woman Faculty of English—Immaculée Harushimana

Chap. XIV: Can You Get It if You really Want?: A Jamaican-Born Science Educator Reflects on Success Attainability—Ellie Williamson

Chap. XV: Beware of False Consciousness: A Letter to My Son—Shirley Sommers


Chap. XVI: Standing with Barack Obama: The Need for Black Scientists in STEM Education—Diane Price Banks

Chap. XVII: “Yes, I can; Yes, We can!” Reflections of a Caribbean Immigrant Sistah in the Struggle with a Legacy of Determination, Strength, and Empowerment—Mary Alfred

Chap. XVIII: Writing Ourselves into History: Examining a World of Black Imaginings and Possibilities—Tracy Cook-Person

Chap. XIX: On being a Biracial Woman of Black and Puerto Rican Descent: A Mother-Daughter Conversation—Patricia Isaac

Chap. XX: To Dream the Impossible Dream—Lindamichelle Baron


Chap. XXI: Hope: President Barack Obama’s Legacy to Black (Male) Children—Eleanor T. Campbell

Chap. XXII: Dreams for My Son: Dreaming Big in America—Faith Muturia

Chap. XXIII: Dreams Shattered and Restored: President Barack Obama Confronting the Shadow of Absent Fatherhood and the Pursuit of a Healthy Relationship—Faith Maina

Chap. XXIV: The Black Male as World Citizen and Cultural Ambassador: Embracing Multiple Identities—Rasheeda Ahmad


Chap. XXV: “Oh, Mercy Mercy Me - Change is Gonna Come…Again”—Gillian U. Bayne

Chap. XXVI: Yes, She Did: Following Queen Mother Sanford Wherever She May Go—Lindamichelle Baron

Chap. XXVII: As Long as There Is Life: Elections That Shaped My Transnationality—Immaculée Harushimana

Chap. XXVIII: From Barack Obama to Donald Trump: Two Extremes at Making History—Aminata Diop

Chap. XXIX: Supporting the Village that Raises the Children: From the Perspective of a Community Advocate—Patricia Mason

Chap. XXX: We Danced in the Streets: Obama Era, Civil Rights Generation, and Voting Rights—Mary E. Dillard

CONCLUSION: Looking Back to Move Forward: A Black Women’s Collective (Re-)Imagining and (Re-)Membering Hope and Change—Sherry L. Deckman

Immaculée Harushimana

Immaculée Harushimana is a 2018-2019 Fulbright Scholar (Malawi) and Associate Professor of TESOL and English education in Lehman College, City University of New York. Her major area of inquiry is in critical linguistics and its implications for literacy instruction to adolescents in a globalized world. The underlying theme of Harushimana’s research is linguicism as reflected through African-born immigrants’ academic and professional integration, multilingual identities, and alternative discourses. Harushimana’s research and writings have been published in edited volumes and refereed professional journals. Her books include Reprocessing race, language and ability: African-born educators and students in transnational America (2013), which brings together the experiences of African-born teacher educators, k-12 teachers and secondary youth in the USA and Canada. Her 2016 book African immigrants’ experiences in American schools: Complicating the race discourse, co-authored with Dr. Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers, explores the effect of intersecting issues of race, nationality, and spirituality on the schooling adaptation of African-born children in western school settings. Currently, Harushimana is lead editor and contributor to her third book entitled, Paradise to Regain: Post-Obama Insights from Women Educators in the Diaspora, under contract with Myers Education Books (2019).

Mary Alfred

Mary Alfred is Professor of Adult Education in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at Texas A&M University. She is the Executive Director of the Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning (TCALL), the statewide professional development and resource center for adult and literacy education providers in the state of Texas. Her research interests include women of color in STEM, international adult education, sociocultural contexts of immigration and adult learning, social welfare and economic disparities among low-income and low-literate adults, and issues of diversity and equity in higher education and in the workplace. She received her Ph.D. in Education Administration with a focus in Adult Education and Human Resource Development Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

R. Deborah Davis

R. Deborah Davis is a Full Professor Emeritus from State University of New York at Oswego, School of Education in Curriculum & Instruction where she has taught Culturally Relevant Teaching and Foundations of Education courses for the past seventeen years. Dr. Davis earned her Doctorate (1996) in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University, MPA (1991) S U, and BA (1988) from Columbia College, Missouri. Served as the Diversity Coordinator, School of Education; Director of Teacher Opportunity Corps grant (NYS Dept of Ed - 2008-2011; 2011-2014; 2014-2017); Member – Oswego Project SMART Professional Development team with the Syracuse City School District until her retirement in January 2017. Continues to volunteer as the Community representative at Van Duyn Elementary School.