Tomorrow's Tomorrow: The Black Woman

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971. First Edition. Boldly INSCRIBED in the year of publication by the author to her academic contemporary and fellow Tougaloo College alumna Savannah Miller Young: "To Savannah Miller, / You are Tomorrow's / Tomorrow. My warmest / regards. / Love in Blackness, / Joyce Ladner / 16 May 1971."

Jacket photography by noted photographer and civil rights activist Bobby Fletcher.

A pioneering publication in a number of regards, Joyce Ladner's study of Black teenage girls living in the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis rejected the then-prominent perspective that Black urban women were intrinsically pathological. Ladner instead asserted that the behaviors and attitudes characterized as "deviant" by the sociological mainstream were in fact strengths developed by Black women to survive within the oppressive structures of institutional racism and poverty.

The parallels between Ladner and Savannah Miller Young are numerous: both women received Bachelor's degrees from Tougaloo College (Ladner in 1959, Young in 1964), before moving to Missouri and working for many years within the St. Louis public school system.

About Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Miller Young's ownership stamp on the fore-edges. Jacket with a few small nicks and accompanying creasing at the corners and on the top edge of the front panel. An attractive association copy of a groundbreaking and prescient Black woman-authored work.

[Book #154690]

Price: $850.00