What is a womanist?

Womanist 1. From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish” , i.e., frivolous, irresponsible, not serious).  A black feminist or feminist of color. From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, ” You acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered “good: for one. Interested in grown-up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown.” Responsible. In charge.  Serious. (Alice Walker. 1983. In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden).

We are Black Women documenting and sharing OUR travel stories. You can find us enjoying life with family and friends, locating the next great eatery of “our” choice or simply taking a stroll in our neighborhood. We invite you to learn and partake in The Chronicles of Travelling Womanists.

Who We Are

Lodz, (Yes this is my real name and it is not short for anything) just like “L-o-a-d-s” is always on the go, but always trying to get her  life in balance. Once she packed her bags for undergrad, the travelling bug bit. Her favorite

nation will always be Haiti! She has lived in East Africa and Haiti for longer periods of time and is always up to visit a new country. She just returned from Peru and is heading back to Haiti to aid in the recovery of the 7.0 earthquake that left “her Haiti” destroyed. Any given day you can find Lodz laughing, running (in attempts of getting the ULTIMATE WINDBREAKER- BAA, of course!), dreaming of scuba diving again,  spending time with family and friends, and enjoying a nice cup of coffee.

Ogonnaya is a California girl with a New York City Heart that caught the traveling bug while exploring Costa Rica on a biology trip and has not looked back since.  As a self proclaimed “student of life” her search for a place that she may call home is a constant.  She finds her fondest travel memories resonate from her experience living in Zambia.

The environmental justice advocate, child of pan africanists and loving sister seeks to explore the intersections between travel, culture and prejudice.  She soon hopes to organize enough funds to eat her way through the Pacific Northwest.


8 Responses to “About”

  1. Hello Lodz,

    I am a professor at Morgan State University School of Public Health and Policy (SCHP). I am working with one of my students, Evonne Nwankwo, and a graduate of our program (Martienne) to coordinate resources and public health expertise within our SCPH to assist with the Haiti relief effort. I am in touch with Evonne on a regular basis. She turned me on your blog so I can keep informed about root level experiences you are having in Haiti as well as needs. I will continue to work with Evonne as we develop an ongoing plan to help. My research interest since 9/11 has been disaster implications for people of color, especially low income populations. Know that we (SCHP faculty, students, staff, and more) will be working to help the people of Haiti.

  2. Thank you so much for your hard work. Please feel free to email us at our email. Right now I am in the South of Haiti and can provide you with reliable organizations to contact. Also, I really think we NEVER look at the implications for people of color, especially poor and vulnerable populations.

  3. Where exactly do you consider home?

  4. Awesome blog!

  5. love your blog! I have a the case of the traveling bug myself its incurable.

  6. Hello sistas. I happened on your blog from Michelle Alexandre’s. I look forward to coming back. I also got bit by the travel bug. I’ve been to Ayiti twice and wish I could go back. Two months ago, I returned from 6 months in Ghana. Let’s stay connected somehow. Where are you two located now? Any chance you are in Cali?

    • Hello Ewurabasempe!!!

      Unfortunately, neither one of us is in Cali. We are in based at the current time out of NYC. I hail from Cali and miss it lots. Thanks so much for leaving the comment. Lets figure out a way to communicate about you possibly being a guest blogger. We would love to hear about your trip to Ghana. Email us at travellingwomanists@gmail.com

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