letters to black girls

Read the book! Coming March 2021.

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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More than a year ago, Tamara asked some Black women on social media for 12 letters to give to a group of Black girls in a workshop. The call went viral. Instead of 12 letters, Tamara received more than 50 from all over the world. An idea was born.

Now Tamara and award-winning writer Rochelle Riley have launched the Letters to Black Girls Project.

Black girls are under constant attack from racism and sexism. But they can survive. Better: They can thrive. Black women can help girls be healthy and whole if we approach them with love, honesty and vulnerability. There is no more powerful ally for a Black girl than a Black woman.
 

The goal is to support and inspire teenage black girls through feminist, anti-racist, body positive, LGBTQ+ positive, anti-respectability politics and pro-Black letters from black women.

Will you write a letter to a black girl?

Here is what you need to do:

1. Write a letter (see tips for writing a great letter in the next column).
2. Complete a Letters to Black Girls submission form.
3. Send us your letter and and submission form. You can do this in one of two ways:

Complete a form and upload a letter online 

or 

Mail your letter and submission form (download form here)

Mail to:

Letters to Black Girls Project
℅ Tamara Winfrey-Harris
PO Box 472
Noblesville, IN 46061

Do you know a black girl?

Tips for writing a great letter:

Be real, honest and vulnerable.

Share your experiences and words of encouragement. You won’t know the girl who receives your letter; simply think about what you needed to hear when you were a teen.

Be mindful not to make assumptions about class, religion or sexuality.

Make your letter as special as possible. For letters sent via U.S. mail, use nice paper.

Sign it – even if you use a pseudonym.

Please spread the word. There are nearly 12 million black girls in the United States. That’s a lot of letters! We need as many letter writers as possible. Help us make this request go viral!

Also consider hosting a letter writing party. Gather your friends, sorors or church members on an afternoon, provide some snacks and beverages, and spend a few hours writing inspiring and supportive letters to black girls. We’d love to feature your party here. Tell us about it and send pictures to info@letterstoblackgirls.com!

Read more than 30 of the best letters from the Letters to Black Girls project in Tamara’s forthcoming book, Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters On Stepping Into Your Power.

Letters to Black Girls Project
℅ Tamara Winfrey-Harris
PO Box 472
Noblesville, IN 46061