Black Madonna

A Womanist Look at Mary of Nazareth

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Courtney Hall Lee
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , September
     150 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Diana Hayes forthcoming.


The figure of the Virgin Mary comes loaded with baggage and preconceptions.  She is usually depicted as the perfect, obedient, and highly esteemed woman, much like the Victorian notion of the “angel in the house.”  For many black women, nothing could be more inaccessible. This book considers the relationship between African American women and Mary of Nazareth. After examining the history of black American motherhood during slavery and beyond, this book then gives an overview of the existing views of Mary in both the church and the academy. Lee then brings African American women and Mary together, creating a womanist Mariology by using womanist biblical and theological interpretation, as well as considering black motherhood during the age of “Black Lives Matter.”

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Courtney Hall Lee is a writer, attorney, and co-host of the Dovetail podcast, a show about the intersections of faith, culture, and social justice. Courtney is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate at Hartford Seminary. Courtney is a contributor at Sojourners online and

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