Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jonikka Charlton

Second Advisor

Dr. Colin Charlton

Third Advisor

Dr. Caroline Miles


The discourse of women of color feminists over the last thirty years follows what I refer to as woman of color feminist rhetorical process in three recursive phases: location, deliberation, and restoration. The process is a significant contribution to rhetorical theory in the form of woman of color consciousness. This way of knowing considers complex identities at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual identity. The woman of color feminist rhetorician asks us to view self, community, and our notions of love as political constructs. By doing so, we are able to move beyond identity politics and build new alliances by working through our differences. Moreover, this consciousness and the method which emerges from it, intersectional method is possible via her rituals of resistance shaping safe spaces. This shaping of public space advances the design of dialogue and deliberation to realize community-based restorative solutions in our communities of color.


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