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This commmerative Women's History month t-shirt is being sold in honor of Dr. Ruby Gourdine, a social work pioneer, Howard University professor, and dedicated supporter of uplifting the work of Black family scholars. This t-shirt is intended to remind us of the significance of the work of Black family scholars (such as Andrew Billingsley) and their dedication to producing scholarship that challenged deficit perspectives and changed the narrative on Black family life in America.


Quote on Shirt: “Any discussion of Black families and the struggle for survival must give special attention to the role of women (Billingsley, 1968).” This quote was written by Billingsly in 1968 in his book entitled Black Families and the Struggle for Survival.


Billingsley is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Professor of Sociology and African American Studies and Senior-Scholar-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina's Institute for Families in Society. He is emeritus professor and former chair of family studies at the University of Maryland, and he has also served as president of Morgan State University and vice-president for academic affairs at Howard University. Dr. Billingsley is the recipient of the DuBois-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Association of Black Sociologists. A highly regarded author, Dr. Billingsley has published a range of works, including the seminal volume Black Families in White America. Other publications include Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Enduring Legacy of African American Families; Children of the Storm; Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform; and, his most recent work, Yearning to Breathe Free: Robert Smalls of South Carolina and his Families. For more information on this highly regarded work, see


Product Description

  • Soft cotton or cotton blend
  • Semi-fit style
  • Tear-away label
  • Sizes S to 2XL
  • Also available in women’s style   

Care Instructions: Machine wash in warm water. Don’t bleach, tumble dry or dry clean.

Note: This shirt runs small and tends to shrink after wash. So, if you’re between two sizes, consider to size up.

Comfortable to wear

  • District® Soft-Touch T-shirts are designed to feel great wash after wash. 

Women in Fatherhood T-Shirt (Women's History Month T-Shirt)

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