[Image]: My (fully loaded) car in front of the state sign. It reads: Welcome To Mississippi – Birthplace of America’s Music.
I finally made it to Mississippi – to the Delta. And I’ve been here for just over a week!
The drive was long and good – I got snowed in for a couple of days in Montana which truly sucked, but I also visited a long-time friend in Colorado, made some new ones in Idaho, got slowed down by elk in Wyoming, and had a lot of time to think about the significance of this work.
This is the next-to-the-last step for me, as far as formal education goes. After I’m done here it’s just writing & defending my dissertation and then you can all just call me Doctor! I mean, this won’t happen tomorrow. It takes some time but I can already tell the impact being here will have and so that continues to drive me to pursue these important steps.
For practical and privacy reasons I will not be updating this blog with anything regarding this ethnographic fieldwork. However, I would like for you to continue to be in the know. If you feel you’ve benefited from my work over the past near 10-years that I’ve been writing this blog, then consider showing your support and following this work on Patreon.
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And here’s a small excerpt:
“Only just over 50% of Black women in the U.S. initiate breastfeeding, and the number drastically decreases in the ensuing months when it comes to sustaining the practice. In my research location those figures are even lower. My political-academic work looks at Black and African Americans in the U.S., with a focus on the state of Mississippi and a concentration in the Delta where, coincidentally, I was born, have a family history and the state also has some of the greatest challenges in breastfeeding in the country. I’m interested in understanding why this exists as well as uncovering ways to transform the Black breastfeeding narrative for a healthier outcome for women and children.”
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