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Telling HistoriesBlack Women Historians in the Ivory Tower$
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Deborah Gray White

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832011

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889121_white

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Being and Thinking Outside of the Box A Black Woman's Experience in Academia

Being and Thinking Outside of the Box A Black Woman's Experience in Academia

(p.72) Being and Thinking Outside of the Box A Black Woman's Experience in Academia
Telling Histories

Rosalyn TerborgPenn

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on Rosalyn Terborg-Penn and how she belonged to a generation of black women intellectuals who have been trained, for the most part, outside of black institutions. However, unlike many of her contemporaries, who remained in mainstream institutions, Terborg-Penn chose to teach in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUS). In so doing, she opted to practice outside of the box. As a result, the author shares with poet and scholar Gloria Wade-Gayles the frustrations and rewards of committing their professional lives to educating primarily black students yet also functioning among academics in mainstream associations and institutions. The story of Terborg-Penn told here is based on her over forty years as a student, a faculty member, or a scholar in higher education. Terborg-Penn's memories reflect interactions with peers, as well as interactions with the stalwarts who guard the doors to the ivory tower.

Keywords:   Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, black women intellectuals, black institutions, mainstream institutions, historically black colleges, HBCUS

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