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Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power--Tamara Winfrey Harris in Conversation With Deesha Philyaw

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Tamara Winfrey Harris in conversation with Deesha Philyaw for a celebration of Winfrey Harris' empowering, affirming love letter, Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power

"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' first book, The Sisters Are Alright, explored 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.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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Tamara Winfrey Harris' writing on race and gender has appeared in The New York Times, The AtlanticNew York MagazineLos Angeles Times, Bitch, and other media. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America, and Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters On Stepping Into Your Power.

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church. Deesha is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, dead housekeeping, Apogee Journal, Catapult, Harvard Review, ESPN’s The Undefeated, The Baltimore Review, TueNight, Ebony and Bitch magazines, and various anthologies. Deesha is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a past Pushcart Prize nominee for essay writing in Full Grown People. 

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$15.26
ISBN: 9781523092291
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - March 9th, 2021

"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...


The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America Cover Image
$16.16
ISBN: 9781626563513
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - July 7th, 2015

GOLD MEDALIST OF FOREWORD REVIEWS’ 2015 INDIEFAB AWARDS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES

What’s wrong with black women? Not a damned thing!

The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti–black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves.


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ISBN: 9781949199734
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Published: West Virginia University Press - September 1st, 2020

***2020 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction***
“Tender, fierce, proudly black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Triumphant.”
—Publishers Weekly
“Cheeky, insightful, and irresistible.” —​​​​​​


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Tamara Winfrey Harris in conversation with Deesha Philyaw for a celebration of Winfrey Harris' empowering, affirming love letter, Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power.