Black Women’s and Girls’ Return to Joy: Addressing Trauma, Healing, and Educational Opportunity

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Authors:
Dannielle Joy Davis, Saint Louis University, United States of America
Cassandra Chaney, Louisiana State University, United States of America
Denise Davis-Maye, Alabama State University, United States of America
Donnamaria Culbreth, The National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc., United States of America
Email: djdavis@slu.edu
Published: February 28, 2017
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.2.1.06

Citation: Davis, D. J., Chaney, C., Davis-Maye, D., & Culbreth, D. (2017). Black Women’s and Girls’ Return to Joy: Addressing Trauma, Healing, and Educational Opportunity. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.2.1.06


Abstract

The concept of thriving amidst trauma receives minimal attention when addressing negative life experiences of Black women and girls. This work examines strategies employed and recommended by Black women and girls that prompt thriving amidst traumatic circumstances. Radio broadcasts from the National Girls and Women of Color Council serve as data for the topic. Findings reveal the strength of Black women and girls in dealing with trauma, holding
the potential to move beyond coping with circumstances, towards potential thriving in education and beyond.

Keywords

trauma, healing, Black women, Black girls, PEPS Syndrome, radio broadcasts, thriving