My sincere appreciation to Stockton State College, Pomona, New Jersey, for making this book possible through its generous funding, including the Distinguished Fellowship award.
Also special mention must be made of the assistance, patience, and complete faith of my daughters, Nneka, Donna, Rhonda, and Laurie; my mother, Elizabeth Cotmon; and my best friend, Joyce Burson. I am grateful to Sandra Moore, who typed numerous drafts without complaint. My appreciation is extended to Richard Maize, whose support for this effort began in undergraduate school; and to the former nuns and priests who organized in Brooklyn. The initial assistance of Professors Elizabeth Higgenbotham ( Memphis State University) and Muruku Waiguchu ( Paterson College) cleared the way for this book.
Finally, to all the courageous multitalented heroines raising their families alone and still fighting the "Department," I salute you. This is just one aspect of our story, because the real struggle continues.
Forward ever, backward never.