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According to Alice Walker, what does the name “Mammy” come from?
but I got that information from a book Alice wrote called Living by the Word. It's on page 58.
Alice Walker contended that "Mammy was named for her mammary glands - the body parts that indicate her primary caretaking role." Other writers note that the image of the mammy does relate to a figure in African mythology but the name "mammy" itself is derived from, as indicated above, mammary glands. See Alice Walker in Ms. Magazine, May/June 1994. For more on Walker and also for info on other contentions about mammys see the book "Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment, and Transformation" by Andrea O'Reilly and Sharon Abbey.
Thank you both.