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Black and Brown girls are often mischaracterized, mislabeled and misunderstood.
A recent Georgetown Law study found that Black girls, compared to white girls of the same age, are perceived to:
need less nurturing
need less protection
need less support
need less comfort
be more independent
know more about adult topics
These results are profound and their implications are far-reaching, primarily as contributing factors to the disproportionate rates of punitive treatment in education and juvenile justice systems.
WHAT WILL WE DO ABOUT THE ADULTIFICATION OF BLACK GIRLS?
Dear, Black Girl! is a six-week conversational series between Black girl interviewers and various guests who will broach topics such as: identity, audacity, purpose, and influence. Our goal is to provide BRAVE spaces where Black and Brown girls can articulate their joys, fears, and hopes.
The series itself is run by a DREAM TEAM of young Black Girls who are empowered to create the programming, write the scripts, manage the tech, moderate and interview guests.
Especially now, as Black girls shoulder the weight of COVID, race and gender crises, we want to serve them by holding space for them to be seen, heard and validated.
Dear, Black Girl!
You are regarded with deep affection and cherished.
You are the richness of hue-manity.
And, you have no reason to apologize for any of it.