What Mama Couldn't Tell Us About Love: Healing the Emotional Legacy of Racism by Celebrating Our Light by Brenda RichardsonWhat Mama Couldn't Tell Us About Love: Healing the Emotional Legacy of Racism by Celebrating Our Light by Brenda Richardson

What Mama Couldn't Tell Us About Love: Healing the Emotional Legacy of Racism by Celebrating Our…

byBrenda Richardson, Dr. Brenda Wade

Paperback | September 16, 2014

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In this provocative rethinking of the African American woman's experience, Brenda Lane Richardson and Dr. Brenda Wade ask their black American sisters to consider this question: "What lessons about love and intimacy were passed down from your foremothers to you?" By exploring the emotional legacy shared by all African American women whose ancestors were enslaved, the authors examine the impact of this history on romantic relationships between today's black women and men—and reveal how the power of inherited beliefs can both heal and strengthen these bonds.

This remarkably uplifting book will show you how to move toward the emotional freedom you seek. It offers spiritual wisdom from well-known African Americans, ways of enhancing the coping skills and strengths your forebears harnessed to help them survive, and the certainty that emotional emancipation is your birthright. Mama may not have told you all this in so many words—but there is no doubt that she would want you to use the positive messages inherent in the African American experience to create a better life.

"Mama," writes Brenda Richardson, "you taught me how a black woman could survive and prevail in this world...but because you never learned yourself, you couldn't tell me how to make love work...I don't mean any disrespect, Mama, but...now I have children of my own. And in a loud revolutionary voice, I declare to the universe: the pain...
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Title:What Mama Couldn't Tell Us About Love: Healing the Emotional Legacy of Racism by Celebrating Our…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.75 inPublished:September 16, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060930799

ISBN - 13:9780060930790

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Although slavery no longer exists in 21st century North America, racism continues to impact the emotions of African-Americans. In What Mama Couldn’t Tell Us About Love: Healing the Emotional Legacy of Slavery, Celebrating Our Light, Brenda Lane Richardson and Dr. Brenda Wade examine the patterns that originate during times of slavery of women who couldn’t achieve closeness and love. Often mothers pass these attitudes down to their daughters. The authors offer advice to help overcome this pattern.

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"A powerful, moving, and life-enhancing book that will help readers reconnect with the past and move forward into the future. It will change lives and hearts." (Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger)