“Half myth-buster, half crusader
the book: Dear Black Girl
Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters On Stepping Into Your Power features the best of the Letters to Black Girls Project — More than 30 feminist, anti-racist, body positive, LGBTQ+ positive, anti-respectability politics and pro-Black letters from Black women to Black girls wrapped in author Tamara Winfrey-Harris’ analysis. Dear Black Girl is a must-read antidote to the world’s ugly, unforgiving gaze—a balm for the wounds of anti-Black-girlness.
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praise for Dear Black Girl
“Winfrey Harris highlights the spectrum of Blackness and the Black experience, writing with necessary candor throughout. Beautifully written, the letters often feel like a collection of essays and poems. One standout contribution features the perspective of a “transracial adoptee” writing to other Black girls raised within White families; the author discusses the realities of alienation and the longing for connection.”
“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 — frank, heartfelt, down to earth, and wise — 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.”
Founder of the ‘Me Too’ Movement
“As a writer, I know I love something when I think, ‘Wow. I wish I wrote that.’ As a Black woman, I know something moves me when I think, ‘I needed to read that.’ The essays in Dear Black Girl, offered me both.
Dear Black Girl is for the little Black girls who still need the language to process their magic. It is also for the Black women who are still trying to be convinced of their own. In a world that often leaves us with more questions than answers this book is a literal gift.”
Mental health advocate; author, I’m Telling the Truth But I’m Lying
“Nobody can make a Black girl feel seen like another sister can. This book, a conversation across generations, is a loving, trenchant reminder that Black girls deserve tenderness, care, and the forgiving mirrors that are another Black woman’s eyes.”
Dr. Brittney Cooper
Educator, activist, and author, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Tamara’s latest writing
“Black women and girls’ interactions with the criminal-justice system are not just ancillary. Their direct involvement with police begins early. Black girls are suspended from school at a rate six times higher than that of white girls. They are “the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system,” according to an article in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy—1.2 times more likely to be detained and 20 percent more likely to be charged than their white counterparts.”