Maya Combs has found herself both implicitly and explicitly governed by the rules, regulations and expectations of what it means to be successful as an African-American woman and scholar. She uses the different forms of adversity she has experienced, along with the presence of the strong matriarchs who surround her, to articulate the importance of leadership and progress despite socioeconomic disadvantage and the inevitability of death.
"The Guide to Leadership: How the System’s Daughter Learned Strength,"
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience:
1, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/fgv/vol4/iss1/2