Term of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Delores Liston

Committee Member 1

Sabrina Ross

Committee Member 2

Meca Williams-Johnson

Committee Member 3

April Schueths

Committee Member 3 Email



Black women’s voices and historical contributions have been dismissed, and even excluded, making it difficult for their cultural knowledge to be transmitted to future generations. Black women battle with an unsettled consciousness from subscribing to the normalization of what dominant culture defines as good mothering. This study uses Black feminism to examine single Black mothers who navigate the negative images of the welfare queen and the matriarch. This narrative study uses Black feminism to examine the stories of single, Black mothers and their daughters. The purpose is to investigate Black mothers’ lived experiences to understand their struggles and resistance. Purposeful sampling was used to select seven single, Black mother-daughter dyads, both agreeing, to participate in the study. The participants answered semi-structured questions. Using Black feminism as a guide to explore participants’ stories, the researcher identified that Black women may shift through the childhood, teen, and womanhood stages of development. In each stage, the mother-daughter dyad shared oppressions and presented noticeable changes in their mother-daughter relationship. The analysis further revealed that single household Black mother and daughter dyads managed their household through various levels of interdependence as the daughter aged.

Research Data and Supplementary Material