Anna Malaika Tubbs is a Cambridge Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and a Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholar. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in Anthropology, Anna received a Master's from the University of Cambridge in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies. Outside of the academy she is an educator, DEI consultant, and the First Partner of Stockton, CA. She lives with her husband, the mayor of Stockton, Michael Tubbs, and their son Michael Malakai.
'An intimate narrative that aims to link not only Little, King
and Baldwin, but all Black mothers'
New York Times Book Review
'Masterful ... Her storytelling is compelling. This important
piece of scholarship and profoundly personal defence of African
American women deserves a wide audience'
'A fascinating exploration into the lives of three women ignored
by history ... Uncovers hidden complexities within black motherhood
that illuminate our understanding of the past while also shedding
light on the overlooked contributions of black women today. An
eye-opening, engrossing read'
Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Half and The Mothers
'Does what Black women do best: hold up the light in darkness,
calling us all to do our work ... Anna is a powerful storyteller,
and we should all be grateful she chose to tell this story'
Brittany Packnett Cunningham, co-host of Pod Save the People and co-founder of Campaign Zero
'In excavating the life stories of the mothers who reared three
of the most central figures in the struggle for civil rights, Anna
Malaika Tubbs provides a profound reflection on the contours of
Black freedom in the twentieth century and beyond ... An essential
celebration of Black women, one that illuminates the history of
racism and resistance in critical new ways. A timely and important
Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime
'Magnificent ... An intimate explication of motherhood as the
shoulders upon which children stand ... but it's also a love letter
to these three particular Black women; a scholarly rejection of the
trope of Black woman as conquered victim; and a literary
declaration that Black women know best how to survive in this
broken world while actively mending it for everyone'
Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult