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Feature: The Current Project's Deep Understanding of Black Single Mothers Is Hard-Earned

Founder Alisha Gordon knows first-hand what it's like to be stuck between thriving and surviving. Written by Aley Arion for Kindred x Parents

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Photo by Getty Images

Toni Morrison once said that the demands of motherhood were different than anything else. . From less-than-generous "safety net programs" to tackling social norms and shame, these hurdles become increasingly difficult for single mothers. Such was the case for Alisha Gordon, founder of The Current Project.

When Gordon first learned of her pregnancy at 21 years old, she was a senior at Spelman College with dreams as big as the responsibilities she would soon face. Upon graduation, she balanced the demands of motherhood while working tirelessly to provide for her daughter in the face of eviction notices, living on government assistance, and working paycheck-to-paycheck.

Though her early years of motherhood presented a range of challenges, Gordon would soon discover that her lived experiences as a single mom would birth her next greatest calling: The Current Project.

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