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Black Feminism and Black Feminist Epistemology

WithColleen A. Capper

This chapter aims to ask central research question: How can the literature on Black feminist epistemology in educational leadership inform organizational theory and equity leadership? As L. C. Tillman noted, "It is likely that research questions about African-Americans in school leadership are important to African-Americans as well as to the field of educational leadership as a whole". The chapter explores how Black feminism and organizational theory could inform each other toward social justice ends. Black feminist epistemology that demonstrate the limitations of traditional leadership theories in the organization literature and the utility of Black feminism for equity leadership: moral obligation from within, community other mothers, and education as political liberation. Black feminist epistemology holds implications for change theory. The chapter identifies three themes that can inform both leadership and change theory: leadership as activism, everyday acts of resistance, and bridge leaders.