Taking Back the Narrative: Gendered Anti-Blackness in Predominantly White Schools of Social Work

Kelly F. Jackson, Felicia M. Mitchell, Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya, Cynthia Mackey, Chandra Crudup, Ann Turnlund Carver

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Black women scholars have and continue to make significant contributions to the social work profession; however, their experiences within the profession are mostly absent in the literature. In general, Black women face numerous challenges within schools of social work. Black women scholars endure a compound form of anti-Blackness in higher education known as gendered anti-Blackness due to their multiple marginalized statuses associated with race and gender. This study examined the phenomenon of gendered anti-Blackness as experienced in academia by a diverse group of Black and mixed Black faculty and PhD students. We intentionally utilized a new methodology, Black Feminist Polyethnography, to provide an affirming and communal space for us to dialogically reflect on our collective experiences of gendered anti-Blackness in predominantly white schools of social work. Our findings uncovered six Black woman-centered proverbs that symbolize the ways we collectively thrive as scholars despite gendered anti-Blackness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-584
Number of pages20
JournalAffilia - Feminist Inquiry in Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Black feminist theory/womanism
  • autoethnography
  • intersectionality
  • qualitative
  • women in social work education and administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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