Foreword by: Adrienne Dixson
Publication Date: December 11, 2020
Strong Black Girls lays bare the harm Black women and girls are expected to overcome in order to receive an education in America. It captures the routinely muffled voices and experiences of these students through storytelling, essays, letters, and poetry. The authors make clear that the strength of Black women and girls should not merely be defined as the ability to survive racism, abuse, and violence. Readers will also see resistance and resilience emerge through the central themes that shape these reflective, coming-of-age narratives. Each chapter is punctuated by discussion questions that extend the conversation around the everyday realities of navigating K–12 schools, such as sexuality, intergenerational influence, self-love, anger, leadership, aesthetic trauma (hair and body image), erasure, rejection, and unfiltered Black girlhood. Strong Black Girls is essential reading for everyone tasked with teaching, mentoring, programming, and policymaking for Black females in all public institutions.
Danielle Apugo is assistant professor of education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lynnette Mawhinney is associate professor and chair of the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark. Afiya Mbilishaka is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of the District of Columbia.
“The scholars of this volume provide us a textured and uninhibited glance into Black girls’ multiple realities, offering a worthwhile read for educators, parents, policymakers, and any adult helping to shape Black girls’ existence across spaces.”
—Venus E. Evans-Winters, professor of educational administration & foundations, women & gender studies, and African American studies, Illinois State University