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This work defines Black activist mothering as a position of strength, courage, and brilliance that requires being in conversation with elders in order to make meaning of the present. Told as a conversation between the elders, the author enacts important cultural traditions that demonstrate the significance of intergenerational conversations in the process of becoming a mother, an activist, and an educational leader. The theoretical framework bridges the gap between Black mothering, leadership, and narrative all the while addressing educational inequities without compromising identity, culture, and womanhood. In the end, the piece demonstrates the author’s ability to move in and out of dominant structures all the while evaluating from both dominant and oppressive positions.