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What we're moving towards

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What We're Moving Towards is a work of nine original essays exploring the author's relationship with her mother, who seeks validation and control over her own existence as well as that of her family via the adaptation of various religions and ideologies. Through holy-roller Baptism, austere Seventh-Day Adventism, and what she calls Black Spirituality, a melding of virulent Black Nationalism and pan-African spiritual practices, the author's mother creates the rules by which the family lives for discrete periods of time, only to abandon them when another set of rules appeals to her more. Through the lens of an intricate and strained mother-daughter relationship, each essay in What We're Moving Towards explores a faucet of racial tensions, the dynamics of a large family, what life is like growing up with few resources, and the consequences of gaining an education while having parents who are both proud and disdainful of one's accomplishments.

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