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Copy of Spiritual Weapons: Black Female Principals and Religio-Spirituality

By: Noelle Witherspoon and Dianne Taylor
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Justin Robicheaux

on 13 July 2011

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Transcript of Copy of Spiritual Weapons: Black Female Principals and Religio-Spirituality

Spiritual Weapons Black Female Principals and Religio-Spirituality This article focused on how four principals, all Black women, based their decision making not only on context and relationships, but on religious and spiritual sensibilities. "For the participants, to be spiritual was to be socially just." The principals always identified themselves as being Christian and a Black woman. Not one without the other. It showed how intertwined their faith was into their gender and race. Dr. Dianne Taylor Dr. Noelle Witherspoon They believed in fairness, equality, and equity. "Some of my kids don't have shoes. I need to be worried about that just like everything else." "This job is hard, but I will stay until He tells me to do something else."
"Every morning as I'm coming to work I say a prayer, 'God help me to make good decisions and do what's best for these kids.'" Researchers thought we sometimes de-legitimise religio-spiritual practice in leadership and overemphasize managerial and policy-driven skills. These principals had the courage to run the school the way they saw fit.
"The nice thing about this job is I have found a way to lead that fits for me." These principals know that "in a racist and sexist society the concept of a Black woman empowered by God is doubly radical." -- Claudia Tate
"I know what they call strong, Black women behind their backs."
"They don't want Black women at the top anyway."
"I have folks that don't want to take orders from a Black woman." "When all is said and done, I have to answer to the school board and to God!" Ultimately, these women want to emulate Christ whose work is widely considered the work of justice. Spirituality and Gender Protectors Prayer Right Leadership? Gender Roles Spirituality Leads to Social Justice
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