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This chapter is a meditation upon the idea of protection, especially within African American culture. Rosemarie recalls her visits to the home of Sue Bailey Thurman, the protective energy Mrs. Thurman offered to Rosemarie, and the way the two women meditated together. The chapter discusses the way in which African American women have, over generations of necessity, developed a perceptiveness about danger and have learned (like Pachamamas) to draw circles of protection around all who need it. Rosemarie’s mother, Mama Freeney, asserted that there were many “Harriet Tubmans” during slavery—women who helped their families and friends escape to freedom.

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