Rev. Tawana Angela Davis, Ph.D. is a 2021 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Tawana Angela Davis at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Chair, Dr. Aqeel Tirmizi, Committee Member, Rev. Dr. Regina Groff, Committee Member.
- Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Aqeel Tirmizi, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Rev. Regina Groff, Ph.D., Committee Member
womanist, womanism, intergroup dialogue, IGD, anti-black racism, racial justice, IPA, interpretive phenomenological analysis, Sankofa, ubuntu, storytelling, epistemology, black women, black experiences, leadership, Alice Walker
Womanism is a term curated by Alice Walker (2004) that centers Black women’s lived experiences, past and present, encouraging Black women to no longer look to others for their liberation (Floyd-Thomas, 2006). Soul 2 Soul Sister’s Facing Racism program is facilitated by Womanist instructors, who work with groups of mostly white people to address anti-Black racism. This qualitative study explored the experiences of white participants who took part in this program, Facing Racism, which holds Womanism as its central guiding principle. Although pre- and post-surveys were routinely conducted over the years about participants’ experiences with Facing Racism, this study sought to take a deep dive using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis to understand how the white participants made sense of the Facing Racism experience and the longer-term outcomes it promoted in addressing and ending anti-Black racism. The interpretive phenomenological analysis explored the experiences of white people who completed the Facing Racism program. Eight white participants were interviewed using open-ended questions. The key findings of the study included: a) indications of the transforming impact of Womanist and intergroup dialogue in anti-racism work, b) revelations of the preconceptions and biases antithetical to ending anti-Black racism that participants brought with them, c) an affirmation of anti-racism work that works beyond the intellect and the importance of heart and gut/soul work, and d) the identification of racial justice work as life-long work. The key contributions include: a) the verification of a Womanist epistemology as an effective means to address anti-Black racism, b) the value of Womanist ethos in conducting anti-Black racism work centering Black women and Black experiences, c) the introduction and nomenclature of a love-based revolution to address and eradicate anti-Black racism, d) identification of ways for white people to dismantle white supremacy/privilege/thought for the liberation of the historically oppressed and the oppressor and e) a way for white people to commit to address and end anti- Black racism in the long run. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu ) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu).
Davis, T. A. (2021). Womanists Leading White People in Intergroup Dialogue to End Anti-Black Racism: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/752