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Rise Up Singing

Black Women Writers on Motherhood

Cecelie Berry (Editor)


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From a dazzling array of well-known African American women, short fiction, poems, and personal essays that describe with warmth and humor their experiences as mothers and as daughters.
A sparkling anthology devoted to exploring the lives of African American mothers, Rise Up Singing presents the stories and reflections of such beloved and respected artists, journalists, and authors as Alice Walker, Faith Ringgold, Marita Golden, Martha Southgate, Tananarive Due, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Deborah Roberts, Rita Dove, and others. It features original and previously published writings, organized by editor Cecelie Berry by themes mothering, work, family, children, community, and love that illuminate the multiple roles of black mothers at home, in the neighborhood, and in the world as a whole.
Rise Up Singing brings together the perspectives of women of different ages, backgrounds, and accomplishments. What shines through in their writings are the hopes shared by all mothers. As Marian Wright Edelman writes in the Foreword: The mothers writing in this anthology speak in a range of voices. They are joyful, stressed, grateful, ambivalent, determined, disappointed, and, in bad ways and good, overwhelmed. But over and over again . . . we see mothers struggling with the push: striving to give their children their best and to make sure the world gives their children its best, hard as that fight may be.

From the Hardcover edition.

Praise For Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood

Chicago Tribune

“[A] moving collection. . . Their hopes and fears are those of every mother, making this book rewarding reading for all.”
Chattanooga Times Free Press

“Journalist Berry assembles a choir of voices, both prominent and subtle, to share a lyric rhapsody detailing the triumphs and trials of black motherhood . . . Always inspirational, this anthology should resonate with both mothers and children.”
Publishers Weekly

“This is an inspiring collection that celebrates motherhood without sentimentality.”

“It’s an ideal book for any mother to snuggle up with to connect with mothering
stories . . . Some stories in Rise Up Singing will make you smile; others might make you cry. But whatever the emotion, an underlying powerful and meaningful message is within each story.”

Broadway Books, 9780767914680, 304pp.

Publication Date: April 19, 2005

About the Author

CECELIE BERRY, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a journalist. Her personal essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Newsday, New Jersey Monthly, and on From the Hardcover edition.