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“She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs at the days to come.”

Proverbs 31:25

What is MOJO?

What is MOJO?

Mothers Obtaining Justice & Opportunities (MOJO) is a non-profit organization focused on the academic success & holistic wellness of mothers pursuing undergraduate and graduate education. Mojo was created from a history of resistance to systematic oppression manifested through motherhood. With our support of mothers at area colleges, community colleges, and universities, Mojo seeks to eradicate the stigma of motherhood as a hindrance to meaningful creative and career contributions and:

1. Assist women with children in completing their degree programs with academic advisement and support

2. Foster community among mothers on our campuses and encourage cooperative childcare and mother support systems

3. Inspire physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness in college mothers and their children

4. Strengthen mother communities through service learning and engagement with mothering scholarship

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Our Founder

Our Founder

Ebony Olivia Lumumba is an associate professor of English at Jackson State University where she chairs the department and teaches courses in global and American literatures. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Mississippi, her Master of Arts in English from Georgia State University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

She is an active scholar with publications that include a chapter in From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Texts of Black Life; an article in the Eudora Welty Review titled “‘Caught in the act of living’”: Welty as a voyeur and witness of black life”; a chapter titled "The Matter Black Lives in American Literature: Eudora Welty's Non-Fiction and Photography" in Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches; and a chapter titled “Demonstration of Life: Signifying for Social Justice in Eudora Welty’s ‘The Demonstrators’” in the recently published collection New Essays on Eudora Welty, Race, and Class. Her current project focuses on mother communities across the American South and Nigeria who resist oppression through nuanced and unconventional mothering practices.

Mothers Obtaining Justice and Opportunities (MOJO) is an extension of Ebony's deep-seated commitment to family, justice, and community. She believes that providing opportunities for mothers is justice and seeks to enact radical social change by building and strengthening mother communities. She endeavors to eradicate injustice one mama at a time. Ebony considers her family to be her greatest accomplishment. She is married to Chokwe Antar Lumumba. The couple has two daughters, Alaké and Nubia.

Programs

MOJO Programs & Initiatives

Mojo Mama Scholarships
MOJO scholarships are awarded to student mothers at the undergraduate and graduate levels to support needs such as books, tuition, childcare, etc.  Each MOJO scholarship recipient is required to gift 10% of her scholarship to another student mother of her choice accompanied by a letter of support and encouragement.  The application process for MOJO scholarships ranges depending on the award amount.

MOJO Within the Walls
MOJO Within the Walls provides educational resources (i.e. books, notepads, writing utensils, etc.) to mothers participating in education programs during their incarceration. MOJO works directly with corrections administrators as well as other philanthropic organizations to ascertain the needs of these mothers and their programs.

MOJO Muse Gifts
MOJO Muses are mothers whose circumstances inspire us to better support and advocate for mothers across the community.  This program provides resources to mothers who experience hardship related to death, illness, or other drastic life changes.  MOJO Muse gifts are intended to support these mothers and/or their children in their most difficult moments.

“All is Well” Holistic Health Sessions
“All is Well” sessions are designed to provide mothers with access to information about maintaining every aspect of their health and the health of their children.  The focus of these interactions range from gynecological and pediatric health to psychological and spiritual care.

Nneka Nook Lending Library
Nneka is an Ibo word that translates as “mother is supreme.”  The Nneka Nook lending library is a resource that houses texts of mothering scholarship, fiction, resource manuals, etc.  MOJO members are allowed to check out these texts for two to three weeks at no charge.

MOJO Missions
MOJO encourages community involvement through various service projects.  Our MOJO mamas voluntarily participate in these opportunities.  Service projects range from the donation of gently-used baby items and clothing for other mothers on campus to serving mothers in need in the larger community in various ways.