Toby Thompkins is the Essence magazine bestselling author of The Real Lives of Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy (Agate, September 2004) and numerous articles about personal growth, relationships, and cultural and social healing. He is also a leading Speaker, Executive Coach and Diversity Consultant working with Fortune 500 companies on issues of work life balance, managing success, leadership, and personal and organizational change. He draws upon 20 years of experience as a corporate executive and management consultant in organizational change and effectiveness, cultural diversity, work/life quality and leadership development. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and political science and a master's degree in public administration. As an expert, Toby has been sought for comment by publications including the New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, The Chicago Tribune, and The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald.
The Real Lives of
Strong Black Women: Transcending Myths, Reclaiming Joy
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Format: Hardcover, 190pp
Pub. Date: October 22, 2004
Publisher: Agate Publishing, Incorporated
In this warm, sensitive and straightforward self-help guide for African American women, Toby Thompkins explores the triumphs, struggles and lessons necessary to transcend the stereotypes and overcome the consequences of being a "strong black woman." Culled from interviews with both black women and black men from all walks of life, the personal stories Thompkins uses to illustrate his ideas and communicate his healing message illustrate the costs involved in measuring up to this archetypal image, one of the most powerful and enduring in American society.
In reality, as Thompkins demonstrates, despite the almost
universal respect and deference afforded the strong black women ideal, it can be
more limiting than it is empowering. Too often, women of color feel compelled to
become "chronic caregivers," sacrificing their ability to become truly free and
fulfilled individuals-at great emotional and physical cost. Through the wisdom
culled from the stories of these different women's experiences and his own
compassionate, insightful analysis, Thompkins makes the case for the need to
supplant the myth of the strong black woman, particularly so that women can
better understand and respond to their urgent need to care for themselves. He
offers effective strategies by which women of any color can reclaim themselves
and create lives characterized by new dimensions of fulfillment, love and joy.
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