February 2, 2021

EP. 199 — How Can We Honor Black Motherhood? with Anna Malaika Tubbs

This week on Getting Curious, we’re learning about three women who shaped the movement for civil rights in the United States—Alberta King, Louise Little, and Berdis Baldwin—but whose stories have too often been footnotes in books about their famous sons.

 

The writer and scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs joins Jonathan to discuss her new group biography The Three Mothers, her work studying Black motherhood as a Gates scholar and Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Cambridge University, and her approach to public projects like Stockton, California’s Status of Women Report.

 

Follow Anna on Twitter @annas_tea_ and on Instagram @annastea_honesty. Make sure to check out The Three Mothers, published by Flatiron Books, on sale now.

 

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Transcript

JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by writer and scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs, where I ask her: How Can We Honor Black Motherhood? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I’m so excited to interview our guest this week. She is an author, she is also, you know, I’ve been saying for years on this podcast, I love, like, a PhD moment; I can’t help it. You are a PhD candidate at Cambridge, which just sounds so fancy, honey. You’re a Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge scholar. She’s also an educator on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and she spent the last four years as the First Partner of Stockton, California. Her new book ‘The Three Mothers’ tells the story of the women who raised Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Welcome to the

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