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This feminist phenomenological study examined the everyday lived experiences of African American doctoral student mothers. The researcher utilized in-depth semi-structured interviews and photo elicitation to elicit stories from participants regarding their experiences as African American doctoral student mothers. The researcher sought to gain insight and better inform counselor education programs of the multitude of challenges and successes experienced by African American doctoral student mothers as they navigate through their academic programs. This study was conducted within a social justice framework and engaged Womanism as a theoretical framework to give voice to the women and explicate the ways in which they made meaning of their lived experiences in regards to the intersections of race, education status, and motherhood. The findings of this qualitative study indicated that African American doctoral student mothers view motherhood as a priority and experience an increase in personal pride, a multitude of challenges, modeling new ways of being an African American mother, marginalization based on race, and perseverance through adaptation and resilience.