Reflections on the Village

Voices from the local Black community explore the meaning of the African proverb ‘it takes a village’ in the 21st century.

Consuela Gaines

Reflections: No instruction manual

No parent knows everything there is to teach a child. When communities pitch in, it makes a difficult task that much easier.

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To explore the relevance of the proverb, we have to consider the many distinct villages that make up the Black diaspora and the ways Black family and community cohere differently today than in the recent and distant past

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