On this International Womyn’s Day, I’m continuing to share how the sistas in my life make themselves visible. The next two guest bloomers are my sorority sisters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. First up is a dear sista-friend who I affectionately call Suga Rai, the now, Dr. Kia-Rai Prewitt. EE-YIP. I am so very proud of this womon, and seeing her grow in her womonhood, mamahood, scholarship and in her faith, has been a gift. Oh & of course, she is my fellow, Black Iowa Hawkeye (Univ of Iowa).
How do I make yourself visible as a Womon/Black?
Kia-Rai M. Prewitt, Ph.D.
I make myself visible as a Womon/Black by walking in my purpose. I know who I am and I know whose I am. Exactly where I am is exactly where I’m supposed to be. I am unapologetic about my thoughts, beliefs, and experiences. Life has taught me that I get life by being connected to those who support and honor my Black Womoness. My confidence comes from accepting myself with all the unique strengths I have as well as by accepting my faults.
I make myself visible as a Womon/Black by pouring into other black women. I lift my sisters rather than tear them down. I am not perfect therefore I do not expect my sisters to be perfect. When I know something that can lift up another sister, I share it with her rather than hold onto it with the hope that she gets it. My mother poured into me. Other women poured into me, therefore I pour into my daughter who will be a Womon/Black one day.
I make myself visible as a Womon/Black by speaking about my experiences and the importance of understanding the experiences of other Black people when I’m at work. I advocate for social justice and cultural competence whether someone is open to it or not.
I make myself visible as a Womon/Black by nurturing my critical consciousness with social commentary by Melissa Harris-Perry while at the same time getting in “formation” with my girl Beyonce’. I am a scholar who believes in Black Girl Power! I speak your name Soror Sandra Bland (Omega Rho).
Kia-Rai M. Prewitt, Ph.D. is a Christian married mother of two. She is currently a clinical psychology postdoctoral resident at the 3rd largest V.A. medical center in the country. She loves God, life, her family, friends, and her Sigma Gamma Rho Sorors.