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Leadership and the Circularities of Power



Carole Boyce Davies’ latest book studies the manifestation of leadership as expressed, narrativized, and represented by women of African descent. It uses the language of “rights” and “power” to assert that Black women find strategic alternatives to the male-dominated leadership status quo and are the leaders of the future.

“Carole Boyce Davies always escorts us across the geographical borders that routinely impede the development of global engagements with transformative ideas, especially theories and practices generated by Black women. This study of the politics of Black women’s leadership—in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, as well as North and South America—is yet one more example, an impressive work for its unusual expansiveness and interdisciplinary grounding in such literary genres as memoir, autobiography, and political writing.”
— Angela Y. Davis, scholar & activist, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • African Diaspora Studies – Literature and Culture
  • Black Women’s Writing in International Contexts
  • Black Women and Political Leadership
  • Caribbean and African Literature
  • Black Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies
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Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora

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Caribbean Heritage Forum at the White House

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Featured in photograph:
Machel Montano, Award Winning Artiste, singer, composer, Soca exponent, Trinidad and Tobago
Carole Boyce Davies, Trinidad and Tobago/Professor, Cornell University
Etienne Charles, Jazz Musician, Trinidad and Tobago/Michigan State University
Ryan Leslie, recording artist and producer, Barbados/Washington, D.C.
Emeline Michel, Singer, Haiti