Since Alice Walker coined the term womanist in the early 1980s, black feminists and
feminists of color have created a rich, soulful body of scholarly work. Contributions to
womanist thought have emerged primarily in the fields of theology and ethics. The aim
of this article is to put womanism in historical context, examine transpersonal expression
in womanist scholarship, and to articulate the values that inform emotional healing in a
womanist context. Womanism is spiritualized due to its original definition and subsequent
development, making transpersonal thought a resonant fit for unearthing paths to authentic
cultural competency in psychology and other disciplines.
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