Calling on the Divine and Sacred Energy of Queens: Bringing Afrikan Indigenous Wisdom and Spirituality to the Academy

  • Derise Tolliver Atta


Tolliver Atta discusses how her praxis as an African-centered educator and facilitator of learning has been influenced by the authentic lived experiences of African women, “Queens,” in her life. She shares stories of her mother, grandmothers and great-grandmother, whom she refers to as Mommas to the 4th power, to illustrate how their examples of complementarity, creativity, character, celebration and cultural groundedness have manifested in her professional life in her efforts to support transformative learning in the lives of her students. Tolliver Atta also explores the healing and transformative impact that an African-centered pedagogy has had on learners with whom she has worked in the USA, in Ghana and in Kenya.


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  • Derise Tolliver Atta
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  1. 1.School for New LearningDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

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