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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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On the Margins: Creating a Space and Place in the Academy

On the Margins: Creating a Space and Place in the Academy

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Telling Histories

Wanda A. Hendricks

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes Wanda A. Hendricks' place in the academy as defined equally by personal transformations and race and gender. Orphaned as a teenager and unsure of her place in the world, Hendricks struggled to find the resources to attend college. The need to fulfill a personal and professional dream drove her to teaching. A combination of frustration with teaching in public schools and the support of a college professor led her to the academy. Hendricks' background does not fit neatly into the traditional characterization of faculty in the ivory tower. Hendricks began the academic journey as an outsider and in many ways remains so. College was an abstract concept that had little meaning for her family. Hendricks had a general elementary understanding of American history throughout her youth, knew little about the broader African American experience until high school, and only acquired the knowledge and ability to articulate the historical challenges of black womanhood in graduate school.

Keywords:   Wanda A. Hendricks, academy, personal transformations, race, gender, academic journey

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