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"Despite fears of misrepresentation, judgment, or reprisal, black girls have recorded their own impressions, thoughts, opinions, or perspectives; too often, though, our culture has failed to listen to them." Farah Jasmine Griffin

"[T]hey were described by teachers as needing to act like young ladies." Edward Morris

The scholarly network established by LaKisha Simmons

"In the age of school mandates and scripted programs, school spaces often do not reflect the academic and socio-emotional needs of Black girls." Delicia Tiera Greene, Ph.D.

"What do we want children to know and be able to do when they graduate from high school? How can we organize communities to ensure that all students reach these stated learning goals?" Roger P. Weissberg and Jason Cascarino

"The broader definition of school success has also been influenced by economists and others who focused on adult outcomes." Osher et al.

"As we move into positions of elders, we must ask ourselves what kind of elders we want to be?" Crunk Feminist Collective

"Maybe instead of being impressed that blackgirls can withstand so much suffering and become role models for strength, we should be concerned about their emotional wellness, their vulnerability, their humanity." Crunk Feminist Collective

Books on Black Girlhood and Play

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
The Games Black Girls Play: Learning The Ropes From Double Dutch To Hip Hop
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment
Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women
Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood
Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century
Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy
Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women
African American Literacies
The Bluest Eye
Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans
She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South
Brown Girl in the Ring
Filter House
Ancient, Ancient
Redwood and Wildfire
Black Girls Are From the Future - Essays on Race, Digital Creativity and Pop Culture

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