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Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way--Khristi Lauren Adams in conversation with Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

Event date: 
Saturday, April 2, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes Khristi Lauren Adams in conversation with Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes for a celebration of Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way. Black girls are leading, organizing, advocating, and creating. They are starting nonprofits. Building political coalitions. Promoting diverse literature. Fighting cancer. Improving water quality. Working to prevent gun violence.

From Khristi Lauren Adams, author of the celebrated Parable of the Brown Girl, comes Unbossed, a hopeful and riveting inquiry into the lives of eight young Black women who are agitating for change and imagining a better world. Offering practical lessons in leadership, resilience, empathy, and tenacity from a group of young leaders of color who are often neglected, Unbossed includes profiles of Jaychele Nicole Schenck, Ssanyu Lukoma, Tyah-Amoy Roberts, Grace Callwood, Hannah Lucas, Amara Ifeji, Stephanie Younger, and Kynnedy Smith.

These are the young Black women we will be reading about decades from now. Like their foremothers in earlier freedom movements, Black girls are transformational leaders. They are pacesetters, strategic thinkers, visionaries, mobilizers, activists, and more. Their stories may often be overlooked. But Black girls are leading the way.

Khristi Lauren Adams is a speaker, author, youth advocate and ordained minister from New Jersey. A graduate of Temple University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Adams is the Dean of Spiritual Life & Equity and instructor of Religious Studies at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Khristi is the author of Parable of the Brown Girl, Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way and its middle grade version Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way. The books are published by Broadleaf and Beaming Books.  Parable of the Brown Girl, Adams’ 2021 debut won the Best Young Adult Book from the New York Black Librarians Caucus and The African American Literary Awards. Adams founded the “The Becoming Conference,” an annual conference and leadership cohort designed to empower, educate & inspire young women. Khristi is a 2017 alum of Lead New Jersey, a selective, year-long program to educate, transform, and empower the next generation of leaders from the public, social, and private sectors. She serves on the advisory board for Word Made Flesh, a non-profit organization existing to serve among the most vulnerable in the world. Khirsti Lauren Adams lives in East Brunswick, New Jersey.  

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes is a clinical psychologist, public theologian, and ecumenical minister whose work focuses upon healing the legacies of racial and gender oppression. A professor of practical theology and pastoral care at Columbia Theological Seminary, Dr. Chanequa is the author of I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial ReconciliationToo Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength, as well as nearly two dozen journal articles and book chapters in theology and psychology. 

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Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way By Khristi Lauren Adams, Chanequa Walker-Barnes (Foreword by) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781506474267
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Published: Broadleaf Books - March 8th, 2022

Black girls are leading, organizing, advocating, and creating. They are starting nonprofits. Building political coalitions. Promoting diverse literature. Fighting cancer. Improving water quality. Working to prevent gun violence.

Are we ready to learn from their leadership?


Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way By Khristi Lauren Adams Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781506479231
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Published: Beaming Books - March 22nd, 2022

Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color By Khristi Lauren Adams Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781506455686
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Published: Fortress Press - February 4th, 2020

The stories of girls of color are often overlooked, unseen, and ignored rather than valued and heard. In Parable of the Brown Girl, minister and youth advocate Khristi Lauren Adams introduces readers to the resilience, struggle, and hope held within these stories.


I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation By Chanequa Walker-Barnes Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780802877208
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Published: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company - October 1st, 2019

Disrupting the racist and sexist biases in conversations on reconciliation


Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength By Chanequa Walker-Barnes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781620320662
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Published: Cascade Books - June 19th, 2014

Black women are strong. At least that's what everyone says and how they are constantly depicted. But what, exactly, does this strength entail? And what price do Black women pay for it? In this book, the author, a psychologist and pastoral theologian, examines the burdensome yoke that the ideology of the Strong Black Woman places upon African American women.


Event Summary: 
Black girls are leading, organizing, advocating, and creating. They are starting nonprofits. Building political coalitions. Promoting diverse literature. Fighting cancer. Improving water quality. Working to prevent gun violence.