from research literature. To begin, I would like to discuss my positionality (my identity and my
experiences that have shaped how I view the world and my research, as well as why I am interested
in this topic). I am a Christian, African-American, woman. I put these in order of the personal
salience of my identities. My faith and relationship with Jesus define me at the deepest levels, and
so that is the first lens through which I interpret the meanings of events in life. I am an African-
American. I am a Black person living in a racist society, but as an African-American I am also
aware of the rich heritage I possess through my culture and the perseverance of my ancestors. I am
woman. Hear me roar! (kidding). I am a woman living in a sexist society, and although this identity
is not extremely salient to my work (in my mind), my socialization as a woman has shaped my
outlook on life. I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program in education. This program is
teaching me to think deeply and critically, but it is through those above lenses that my thoughts are
filtered. It is with the introduction of those lenses that I will end this post. In my next entry, I will
discuss some of the experiences I have had as a Christian, African-American, woman that have led to
my research interests in racism and churches.
Until next time.