Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Amira Jarmakani

Second Advisor

Dr. Juliana Kubala

Third Advisor

Dr. Tiffany King


Queen Afua created the Sacred Woman as a text and program that seeks to heal women of common disorders that particularly affect the African American community. This thesis project is a conversation about the self-care methods embedded within the text that moves away from the ideology of the strongblackwoman. I position both theories and methods of self-care by using a womanist theoretical framework, as well as textual analysis and interviews as methods that examine the womanist concept of spiritual activism, which expands what is thought of as radical and liberatory activist actions.