Dear Black girl Letters from your sisters on stepping into your power

Tamara Winfrey Harris

Book - 2021

As part of her Letters to Black Girls project, Winfrey-Harris 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 letters from black women around the globe. Here she organizes a selection of these letters for young black girls, modeling how they can nurture their future generations as black women. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, te...aching the art of self-love and self-nurturing. -- adapted from back cover

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Published
Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xv, 185 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781523092291
1523092297
Main Author
Tamara Winfrey Harris (author)
  • Preface
  • Introduction: You a lie and the truth ain't in ya!
  • 1.
  • Black girl magic: identity and self love
  • 2.
  • It (for real) takes a village: family relationships
  • 3.
  • Where my girls at?: sisterhood
  • 4.
  • Work, work, work: career and other passions
  • 5.
  • I didn't ask for this: tough stuff
  • 6.
  • Black girl, interrupted: mental health
  • 7.
  • Boo'd up: sex
  • 8.
  • Girl, listen...: advice
  • Epilogue: Pick up your oyster knife
  • The letter writer.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"From the bestselling author of The Sisters Are Alright comes a book of personal letters written by black women to black girls to nurture healthy womanhood and sisterhood, covering topics like identity, self-love, parents, violence, grief, mental health,sex, and sexuality"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An award-winning author collects a selection of letters from her Letters to Black Girls project where she asked black women to write honest, open and inspiring letters to support to young black girls aged 13 to 21. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"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.