During 2023, as we consider our activist concerns, it’s helpful to also consider how we, as African descended women, can be helped through a heightened dedication to self care. At the end of the day, our work within the Religious Academy, and our work within Religious Leadership both have the capacity to put us in harm’s way. How do we protect ourselves? And, when do we know it’s time for us to leave? Our survival is possible, in part, through the partnerships that we create both inside and outside of the Religious Academy and our places of worship. Whether sponsors, allies or co-conspirators, we must be able to engage with non-Black allies to create the true changes we need. The following is from “Academics for Black Survival and Wellness.”

“Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (A4BL) is a personal and professional development initiative for Non-Black academics to honor the toll of racial trauma on Black people, resist anti-Blackness and white supremacy, and facilitate accountability and collective action. A4BL also is a space for healing and wellness for Black people.”


It is important for us to create a vision of what it means for us to all work together to ensure equity, so that each of us can make our contributions within Religious Education.

The Misogynoir to Mishpat Research Network © 2023

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