On sisterhood, solidarity and self-empowerment by Deborah Gabriel

Because of sisters who came before us, we are free

To challenge the Eurocentric mentality,

We’re free to express our frustration, we’re free to complain

As empowered women, our resistance will never wain.

From a Black feminist standpoint, we analyse and critique,

Through sisterhood and solidarity, we expose the mystique;

We unpack the mechanics of raced and gendered discrimination, micro-aggression and victimization,

Together we share strategies for survival and success,

Through narratives of our experiences we bear witness.

Our aim is not only to promote solidarity,

But maintain the tradition of activism, so other women can achieve.

So I thank you my dear sisters for your courage, strength and honesty,

Your inspiring words, your wisdom and your loyalty,

They help to keep faith and hope alive so that we can all continue to thrive.

Taken from ‘Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia  All Rights Reserved


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Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Gabriel is a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University in the Faculty of Media and Communication - and the Founder of Black British Academics. A self-defined scholar-activist, she is concerned with contributing to social justice and equality. Her research interests are focused around political communication and discourse, raced and gendered constructions and representations in media and popular culture, equality, inclusion and liberation in teaching practice and the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education. In addition to a full-time academic role, she also undertakes consultancy work in research, public relations, strategic communication, equality, diversity and inclusion in educational and academic practice.

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