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Reading: “MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE” by Nefertiti Austin at Word Up

September 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In America, Mother = White. That’s what Nefertiti, a single African American woman, discovered when she decided she wanted to adopt a Black baby boy out of the foster care system. Eager to finally join the motherhood ranks, Nefertiti was shocked when people started asking her why she wanted to adopt a “crack baby” or said that she would never be able to raise a Black son on her own. She realized that American society saw motherhood through a white lens, and that there would be no easy understanding or acceptance of the kind of family she hoped to build.

Motherhood So White is the story of Nefertiti Austin‘s fight to create the family she always knew she was meant to have and the story of motherhood that all American families need now. In this unflinching account of her parenting journey, Nefertiti examines the history of adoption in the African American community, faces off against stereotypes of single, Black motherhood, and confronts the reality of raising children of color in racially charged, modern-day America.
Nefertiti will be conversation with Retha Powers, a local uptown parent to Isa and August, the associate director of City College’s Publishing Certificate Program, and the director of the annual Langston Hughes Festival.

Can’t make it to the event? Order the book here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781492679011.

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Word Up
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Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave at 165th St.
New York, NY 10032 United States
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