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We Live for the We

We Live for the We

The Political Power of Black Motherhood

A warm, wise, and urgent guide to parenting in uncertain times.

A longtime reporter on race, reproductive health, and politics, Dani McClain is also the mother of a little girl. Like all first-time mothers, she has countless questions about raising her child, especially in what she knows to be an unjust, even hostile, society.

Black mothering is an inherently political act. Black women are more likely to die during pregnancy or birth than women of any other race; black mothers must stand before television cameras telling the world that their slain children were human beings. In We Live for the We, McClain sets out to understand how to ensure her daughter lives with dignity and joy, learning how to parent boldly in uncertain times, and how to cope with the anxieties that sometimes threaten to consume her.

McClain spoke with mothers on the frontlines of movements for social, political, and cultural change who are grappling with the same questions. Following a child’s development from infancy to the teenage years, We Live for the We shares lessons on the need for community, the challenges of navigating segregated schools, and how to talk honestly about sex and consent.

We Live for the We will become a handbook for parents and a guide to help us imagine the society we build for the next generation.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

On Sale: April 2nd 2019

Price: $15.99 / $19.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9781568588551

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Reader Reviews


"Motherhood is one of the most contested and policed categories that black women occupy in American society. With her intellectual gravitas, gifted storytelling, and feminist insights, Dani McClain's We Live for We brilliantly chronicles how African-American women confront these contradictions as deeply political and personal acts. This book is a timely, compassinoate, and eye-opening contribution to our most pressing debates about race and gender."—Salamishah Tillet, Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing
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"Dani McClain reminds us why Black women, specifically Black mothers, are the backbones of every single society. While we are often neglected and disenfranchised our labor is what has built democracies around the globe. This is a must read for all Black mamas and our allies. Thank you Dani and thank you Dani's daughter for showing us the way forward."—Patrisse Khan-Cullors, author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
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"Dani McClain is one of the most lucid, insightful, and gifted critics working today: her work sings with eloquence and is driven by analytical fury. This is the book we parents need right now!"—Michael Eric Dyson
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