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Grandmothering While Black: A Twenty-First Century Story of Love, Coercion, and Survival

March 15, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Word Up Community Bookshop: 876 Riverside Dr.


Join Word Up Community Bookshop for "Grandmothering While Black: A Twenty-First Century Story of Love, Coercion, and Survival."

When compared to other racial and ethnic groups, the number of Black children being raised by their grandparents is far higher than other groups. One in ten Black children will live in skipped-generation households or so-called Grandfamilies– households that consist of only grandparents and grandchildren– at some point.

Sociologist LaShawnDa Pittman, Ph.D., explores this topic – skipped generation households in the Black community – in her timely new book "Grandmothering While Black: A Twenty-First-Century Story of Love, Coercion, and Survival."

Drawing on extensive research and interviews with more than 70 Black grandmothers raising their grandchildren, Dr. Pittman’s book increases awareness and understanding of the myriad legal, economic, and relational intricacies Black grandmothers must grapple with when raising their grandchildren in the twenty-first century. By doing so, it challenges the limited belief among Black (and other) communities, policymakers, practitioners, and academia that contemporary grandparent caregiving is merely the continuation of a historic tradition in the Black community. During this author talk, Dr. Pittman will discuss how Black grandparents haven’t “always” experienced caregiving in its current iteration with author Karen Hartman.

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