chapter  18
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THE MEANING OF MOTHERHOOD IN BLACK CULTURE AND BLACK MOTHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS

These daughters from varying social class backgrounds, ages, family structures and geographic regions had somehow received strikingly similar messages about Black womanhood. Even though their mothers employed diverse

COLLINS teaching strategies, these Black daughters had all been exposed to common themes about the meaning of womanhood in Black culture. 1

This essay explores the relationship between the meaning of motherhood in African-American culture and Black mother/daughter relationships by addressing three primary questions. First, how have competing perspectives about motherhood intersected to produce a distinctly Afrocentric ideology of motherhood? Second, what are the enduring themes that characterize this Afrocentric ideology of motherhood? Finally, what effect might this A f r o - centric ideology of motherhood have on Black mother/daughter relationships?