Aginah Muhammad Hopes To Erase Stigma Of Single Motherhood In New Book

Keith Johnson
May 31, 2019 - 8:02 pm
Aginah Muhammad

Aginah Muhammad

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A mother, mentor, administrator of higher education -— and now, author — shines a light on single mothers who battle stereotypes while keeping their families together.

Aginah Muhammad is the Executive Director of the Council on Teacher Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a divorced mother of 14-year-old twins and a 12-year old.

"When I entered into this world of being a single parent, there were so many stigmas placed on single mothers, specifically being a black woman," she said.

She said her experiences and those of other single mothers compelled her to write about them.

Her book, "Women who Persevere, Navigating Motherhood with Power and Grace," highlights the stories of six single mothers navigating motherhood.

Muhammad, who also earned her Ph.D. in organizational leadership from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology said that "oftentimes, mothers are to blame, particularly when you're thinking about young black men, young black boys in certain situations."

"You know, sometimes it's the mother who is responsible for the care of that child."

Muhammad said single mothers should be recognized for some of the hard work they do in trying to balance home, work, family commitments, and making sure that their children are cared for.

 She said she hopes her book will let single parents know that they are not alone.

"Sometimes when you're in these situations, you often feel like you're the only one experiencing some of these challenges or, you know, being overwhelmed."

Muhammad said the most important thing she hopes people will take away from her book is the importance of co-parenting.

"Have men and women have real conversations about how, we can, despite, those circumstances of having single-parent homes, still come together and learn how to co-parent effectively."

Muhammad will discuss her experiences and talk about her book in greater detail at her book launch and reception Sunday at The Clubhouse at Dolphin Lake in Homewood.

The event runs from noon until 3 p.m.