Mammy Dearest
Season 05, Episode 11
Air Date December 5, 1991
Writer Glenn Berenbeim
Director Debbie Allen
Previous Do You Take This Woman?
Next Twelve Steps of Christmas

Mammy Dearest is the eleventh episode of A Different World's fifth season which was first broadcast on December 5, 1991.

Summary Edit

In an attempt to get over her break-up with Dwayne, Whitley throws herself into a new project, the dedication ceremonies for her residence hall. Exploring her new African image she assembles an exhibit of black women in History, from "Mammy" to Angela Davis. Her friends, especially Kim, are uncomfortable with the display of Mammy objects. But Whitley insists that Mammy be accepted as part of their past. That is, until she discovers her family once owned slaves. She then feels she no longer deserves to be a part of the sisterhood that's putting on the dedication. At the ceremonies, however, a performance place in which Kim dresses as Aunt Jemima, Freddie as a Mammy, and Lena as an African tribal dancer, wows the audience and helps Whitley find peace with her family's past.