All The Women In My Family Sing.
This past year, there has been a growing sense of solidarity among women who refuse to be silenced. Deeply rooted in the fight for gender equality is the relationship between mothers and daughters. Women’s rights were fought for by mothers who wanted their daughters to experience freedoms they never could. Strengthening the mother-daughter bond has the power to change generational patterns of gender inequality.
Deborah Santana is uniting and empowering generations of women by sharing the realities, joys, and challenges of motherhood in her new book All the Women in My Family Sing.
Through this book, mothers and daughters across the country are bonding over the shared experience of womanhood. The anthology is a collection of poetry and prose by sixty-nine women from different generations and backgrounds (including African American, Native American, Asian American, Muslim, Cameroonian, Kenyan, Liberian, Mexican American, Korean, Chinese American, and LGBTQI.)
The book includes a variety of stories on navigating motherhood including the difficulties of biracial parenting, dealing with childhood illnesses, teen motherhood, the heartbreaking experience of losing a child, reflections on motherhood past, prison parenting, and even the choice to not become a mother.
Santana is on a mission to broaden cross-cultural understanding by showing people how very alike we are no matter our generation, skin color, ethnic heritage, or place we live. As part of this mission, she and other contributing authors presented their work at a series of events around the country this past month including the Cinnamon Girls event in Oakland, California. Young women leaders who attended this event with their mothers read from the powerful essay by Marian Wright Edelman who wrote:
“In every major American social reform movement, women—including women of color—have always played a critical role.”
and Kelly Woolfolk who wrote:
“…as the mother of a young brown boy, I am protective and alert, concerned for his well-being and safety, both physical and emotional…My son will one day arrive at his own conclusions about who he is in the world and what that means for him.”
These personal stories will create a bridge between worlds we know very well, and those we do not.
“The Cinnamon Girls event made me feel that we women are powerful and I left feeling really inspired by the celebration of each woman’s personal journey. My mom really appreciated sharing a moment where we could quietly celebrate women’s personal triumphs. I think ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for any mother.”
– Valentina Prieto Black, 11
About The Book.
This new book from Nothing But The Truth Publishing, LLC is an anthology documenting the experiences of women of color at the dawn of the twenty-first century. It is a vital collection of prose and poetry whose topics range from the pressures of being the vice-president of a Fortune 500 Company to escaping the killing fields of Cambodia, to the struggles inside immigration, identity, romance, and self-worth.
Contributors include America Ferrera, Samina Ali, Natalie Baszile (Queen Sugar), Porochista Khakpour (Sons and Other Flammable Objects), Lalita Tademy (Cane River), Mila Jam, Marian Wright Edelman (Children’s Defense Fund), and many more.
“In their common pursuits of acceptance, friendship, and social justice, these writers demonstrate that there are truths and desires that transcend lines of color, sexuality, and class. In sounding common chords of humanity, their voices, together, create a mighty chorus.”
– USA Today
In An Interview/Article, Santana Can Share:
- How mothers and daughters can bond over womanhood
- The realities, joys, and challenges of being a woman of color in the 21st century
- A call to action to read underrepresented voices
- Important lessons about equality to teach our daughters