Black Faces in White Spaces: Reflections on Racism and Being a Black Women in Higher Education in the Deep South


  • Fredrika Cowley The University of Memphis


Black women have long served as the glue that binds families and communities together. They do not miss a beat in meeting expectations like showing up to work every day and making an effort not to be referred to as "angry black women." However, Black women are frequently marginalized, ignored, and silenced in several contexts, including higher education. This reflection article by a southern Black female higher education professional takes you on a journey of self-discovery and growth as she utilizes a Black feminist perspective to discuss how her willingness to push boundaries is influenced by her deep south upbringing and her lived racialized experiences working at a Southern Predominantly White Institution (PWI).