Join us for a special virtual event with Tamara Winfrey Harris, writer and editor of the important new book Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power. She will appear in conversation with Dr. Carolyn Strong, who lovingly wrote one of the letters within. They will read some selections from the book, discuss the complicated Blacke-femme relationship, and answer questions.
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About Dear Black Girl:
More than a year ago, author Tamara Winfrey Harris asked a few Black women on social media to write 12 honest, open, and inspiring letters of support to young Black girls in a workshop aged thirteen to twenty-one. She asked them to write letters that were loving, truthful, vulnerable, feminist, anti-racist, body positive, LGBTQ+ positive, anti–respectability politics, and pro–Black girl. Instead of twelve letters, she received more than fifty from all over the world. And she continues to receive them. On scented paper. Through the internet. Shoved into her hands in Starbucks. Neatly printed on notebook paper. Typed. Scrawled in elegant swirls. In hand-decorated envelopes.
In Dear Black Girl, Winfrey-Harris introduces and organizes a selection of these letters, modeling how black women can nurture future generations. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, teaching the art of self-love and self-nurturing.
Tamara Winfrey Harris is a writer who specializes in the intersection race and gender with politics, pop culture and current events. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times and other outlets. Tamara's first book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America was published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers in 2015 and called "a myth-busting portrait of Black women in America" by The Washington Post. The book won the Phillis Wheatley Award, IndieFab Award, Independent Publishers Living Now Award and the IPPY Award. A native of Gary, IN, Tamara graduated with a BA degree from the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Carolyn Strong is a motivational educator with an anti-bullying message of hope for children, families and schools. An educator with more than 15 years of experience working with inner- city youth, she is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 1,200 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying and relational aggression daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional school discipline while maintaining a positive school climate.
Dr. Strong holds multiple Master’s degrees in both Curriculum and Educational leadership a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry. Her dissertation entitled Black Girls Matter?: Historical Representation and its Impact on Contemporary Education, highlights the need for safe spaces for African American Girls within contemporary educational settings. Dr. Strong is the author of Black Girl Blues: Small Group Sessions, Activities and Discussions to Combat Intra-racial Bullying (2014) a book that has been utilized as both an alternative to suspension and small group intervention in schools across the United States and parts of Canada. Dr. Strong travels to national conferences presenting on topics ranging from cultural competence in schools to equitable discipline and conflict resolution. Dr. Strong has written and designed courses for the Illinois Principal’s Association Ed Leaders Network. Those course titles include Anti-racist Education and Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom. Dr. Strong has also appeared on ABC Newsviews as an expert on bullying signs and symptoms. In 2020, she co-founded Centering Sisters, LLC, an organization dedicated to projects that centers the needs of Black women, girls and femmes. Dr. Strong has appeared on panels across the country regarding culturally relevant discipline and anti-racist school environments, and creating educational spaces in which Black girls not only survive, but thrive.
"Dear Black Girl is the empowering, affirming love letter our girls need in order to thrive in a world that does not always protect, nurture, or celebrate us. This collection of Black women's voices... is a must-read, not only for Black girls, but for everyone who cares about Black girls, and for Black women whose inner-Black girl could use some healing." - Tarana Burke, Founder of the 'Me Too' Movement
"Dear Dope Black Girl, You don't know me, but I know you. I know you because I am you! We are magic, light, and stars in the universe." So begins a letter that Tamara Winfrey Harris received as part of her Letters to Black Girls project, where she asked black women to write honest, open, and inspiring letters of support to young black girls aged thirteen to twenty-one. Her call went viral, resulting in a hundred personal letters from black women around the globe that cover topics such as identity, self-love, parents, violence, grief, mental health, sex, and sexuality.
In Dear Black Girl, Winfrey Harris organizes a selection of these letters, providing "a balm for the wounds of anti-black-girlness" and modeling how black women can nurture future generations. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, teaching the art of self-love and self-nurturing. Winfrey Harris's The Sisters Are Alright explores how black women must often fight and stumble their way into alrightness after adulthood. Dear Black Girl continues this work by delivering pro-black, feminist, LGBTQ+ positive, and body positive messages for black women-to-be--and for the girl who still lives inside every black woman who still needs reminding sometimes that she is alright.