Discussion: The Joys and Challenges of Black Motherhood

DCPL Hosts Discussion with Author and DC Councilmember

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The first legislation introduced by At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson (I) focused on maternal mortality. Photo Courtesy: Office of Councilmember Christina Henderson

“Can white moms and Black moms ever truly be friends, not just mom friends, like really real friends?”

Author Helena Andrews-Dyer and DC At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson discuss the joys and challenges of Black motherhood in this DC Public Library session.

After having her first child a few years ago, Washington Post award-winning culture reporter Helena Andrew Dyer joined the local motherhood support group—“the Mamas”—and was surprised to find she was one of the only Black mothers.

The racial, cultural, and socio-economic differences were made clear almost immediately.

Then George Floyd happened. A man was murdered calling out for his mother.

Suddenly, the Mamas felt even more different.

Though they were alike in some ways—they want their kids to be safe, they think their husbands are lazy, they work too much and they feel guilty about it—Dyer realized she had an entirely different set of problems her neighborhood mom friends may never truly understand.

Helena Andrews-Dyer, Washington Post award-winning culture reporter and author of “The Mama’s: What I Learned About Kids, Class and Race from Moms Not Like Me” discusses her book and the realities of being a Black mother with DC At-Large Councilmember Christina Henderson on Saturday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW)

Dyer and Henderson will talk about their experiences as Black mothers in groups where sometimes they are the only Black mothers. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase following the event.

To learn more and register for the event, visit https://dclibrary.libnet.info/event/7755875