PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life by Dr. Elaine Richardson ⋆ Green Woman Store

PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life by Dr. Elaine Richardson

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A glimpse of a young Black woman’s life of trauma to the halls of the university. The story of human potential and learning to love oneself.

“There was a time when Elaine Richardson was one of ‘the Negroes everybody pointed to as the Negroes you didn’t want to become.’ The title of this book is no metaphor or allusion, but a literal shorthand for a remarkable, unpredictable journey. She inherits a plain way of talking about horrific pain from a mother who seemed impossible to shock. The way too fast way she grew up was and is too common, but her will to remap her destiny is uncommon indeed. To call her story inspiring would be itself too plain a thing, hers is a heroic life.” -dream Hampton, writer and filmmaker – ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ELAINE RICHARDSON, Professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, is focused on literacy education of African American and African diasporic people, and specializes in critical language and literacy education for social equality. RICHARDSON belongs to a global network of Hiphop activist-educators for social transformation. Richardson founded The Ohio State University Hiphop Literacies Conference and the SistaFriends Afterschool Program in 2011 (currently serving sixth to eighth grade girls at Sherwood Middle school). RICHARDSON uses her story of recovery from human trafficking and drugs to becoming an award winning PhD and recording artist to motivate others. RICHARDSON’S bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Cleveland State University and her doctorate from Michigan State University. She has won awards from the National Council of Negro Women, City of Columbus, and Cleveland State University, and other organizations.

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Dr. Elaine Richardson’s story is about being desperate for a new life, and going from the streets to college and becoming interested in language, literacy and identity studies and earning a Ph.D.

Dr. E, Elaine Richardson author of PHD to Ph.D How Education Saved My Life “When I first settled on the title Po Ho on Dope to Ph.D., some acquaintances tried to steer me against it.  One of them told me that I should change it because it would cheapen my story, that she would not recommend a book with that title to her daughter because the point is to discourage that type of behavior.  Well, certainly the goal of the book is not to encourage drug addiction and an abusive unhealthy lifestyle. For me, Po Ho on Dope to Ph.D. helps to target my primary audience – anyone who has lost hope.”

PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life offers a glimpse into the 1960’s to 1980’s ghettoes of Cleveland, Ohio. In a raw narrative, Dr. E shares younger Elaine’s experiences of dreams deferred, rape, sex-trafficking/prostitution, drug addiction, unwanted single parenthood, and hopelessness. In a desperate attempt to escape certain death and change her life, supported by her mother and other mentors she meets along the way, she enters the university and eventually learns that she must value herself and her cultural heritage to become educated.

Themes of adolescent life are presented from the perspective of a young naïve Black girl seeking acceptance: delinquency, desire for success, dysfunctional and violent male-female relationships, sexuality, and substance abuse, urban culture and street life, sexual exploitation, addiction, poverty, race, educational issues experienced by first generation college students. This book is ultimately about human potential, learning, and learning to love oneself, despite being born into a world with mirrors that reflect one’s image back negatively.

Dr. Elaine Richardson author of PHD to Ph.D. How Education Saved My LifeDr. Elaine Richardson, Ph.D., also known as Dr. E., is Professor of Literacy Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. She focuses on the literacy education of African American and African diasporic people, and specializes in critical language and literacy education for social equality. Dr. Richardson belongs to a global network of Hiphop activist educators for social transformation. She uses her story of recovery from human trafficking and drugs to becoming an award winning Ph.D., performer and recording artist to motivate others.

Dr. Richardson belongs to a network of Hiphop educators and activists, a recording artist, and performer using her voice on behalf of those who may be down, but not out! She has won awards from the National Council of Negro Women, City of Columbus, and Cleveland State University, and other organizations.

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