Listen to Black women and Black girls.
Navigating predominantly white institutions (PWI) as a young Black girl provides amazing opportunities as well as challenging experiences. The poems, anecdotes, and entries found in this book seek to provide support and guidance for Black girls in PWI's and are written by Black girls and women who are current or past attendees of PWI's.
Hair, friendship, dating, motivation, information, racism, self-esteem - nothing is off limits.
In a letter to her younger self called “You Belong,” writer Marissa Glonek reflects, “You belong. Some will stare at you in history class to gauge your reaction to slavery. Some will listen to your music and use your lingo, but not come over for dinner. You will use your power in your career and personal life, while still finding your way. You are a voice for the next Black girl at a PWI who thinks she doesn’t belong.”
This non-fiction book for kids and young adults is edited by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activist and teen author Olivia V.G. Clarke.Selections from the following writers, poets and leaders:
Gabrielle Clarke, Marissa Glonek, Yolanda Durden, Soraya Patterson, Lydia Patterson, Aminah Aliu, Tiara McKinney, Tiia McKinney, Makayla Terrell, Ndeye Thioubou, Sarah Holston, Katie Quander, Courtney Pascol , McKenzie Stringer, Gabby Anthony, Ka'Isis Lee