Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D.
Dr. Jones-DeWeever is the President and CEO of the consulting firm Incite Unlimited. He is also the host of the NPR Show "Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever."
Blog Post List
August 27, 2013
As we stand on the precipice of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, it is natural, almost reflexive, to look back and attempt to measure the extent to which we have come closer to that dream so beautifully articulated five decades before. Have we yet arrived at the day in which all of our children are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character? Have we made this simple, yet strikingly beautiful dream a lived, breathed, reality? As mothers, in our hands lies a special responsibility for breaking the chains of racism. A responsibility that we must...
March 22, 2012
I do not know Sybrina Fulton. Nor can I claim to understand the depth of her pain. Yet, we share a deep connection. A commonality experienced by those women who face the challenge of raising a Black male child in a nation that far too often views Black male bodies through a prism of fear. You see, Ms. Fulton is living my nightmare. A constant worry that has lingered in the back of my mind since the birth of my eldest son, some sixteen years ago. Through the years, I have witnessed the world's reaction to my son evolve as he has grown from a small boy to a young man. In his early years, his...
October 11, 2011
Some four years after the dawn of the Great Recession, all across this nation millions continue to struggle. And while women and families face a multitude of challenges, there is perhaps no challenge more pertinent to one's quality of life than the issue of health and access to care when you need it. It could not be more clear that access to healthcare for women is blatantly under attack in America. Whether that attack comes in the form of the continuing all-out assault against Title X which would eliminate reproductive health care and other preventive health care services to more than five...
February 24, 2011
Welcome to the MomsRising blog carnival celebrating Black History Month! Black History Month offers us all a chance to come together and share the many ways we learn about the past and how we pass on our experiences to the next generation. We can lift up unsung heroes and notable characters from our own family histories, as well as discuss contemporary lessons from well-known figures like the Moses of her day, Harriet Tubman, the dreamer for us all, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the bold, revolutionary spirit known as Malcolm X. For my own organization, the National Council of...
March 19, 2010
Every once in awhile, history sneaks up on us. In movements past, the sting of injustice couldn’t be more clear. Bold acts of violence interspersed within wide-ranging systems of injustice, made the steady march towards civil rights an obvious moral imperative in need of correction. Yet, somehow, the invisibility of human suffering replicated in the lives of millions of families across this nation has served as a silent catastrophe, perhaps perceived as a deserved fate in a nation that has consistently valued individual “rights” over collective responsibility. Yet, as we near the end-game in...
December 7, 2009
Twenty years ago, hip hop pioneers Public Enemy decried the perpetuation of decades of exploitative cinema in their now classic, Burn Hollywood Burn! Though many things have changed over the years, current events in the world of cinematic arts prove that many others remain the same. Today, Oscar buzz abounds surrounding the performances of comedianne turned dramatic actress, Mo’Nique as well as long-time Hollywood fixture, Sandra Bullock. Their polar opposite depictions of motherhood in Precious : Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and The Blind Side , initially appear to be worlds apart...