A Love Letter to Black Mothers


  • Nichole A. Guillory


Black mothers, Black mothering, Black feminism, Black epistemology


A Love Letter to Black Mothers is a tribute to the writing/theorizing of Mamie Till-Mobley and Sybrina Fulton, Black mothers who have changed how we talk about, think through, and act against state sponsored violence against Black bodies. Situating the present moment through Sharpe’s (2016) conception of living “in the wake” that she defines in multiple senses of that word, I first explore what it means to live in constant fear of death as a Black mother and what it means that Black bodies are always connected to danger and disaster. I then propose that the memoirs of Till-Mobley and Fulton offer a praxis of mothering in the wake, a pedagogy for resisting death—physical and psychic—and caring for ourselves and our children in/against a genocidal culture.