Black Girls Matter: Social Change Through Research, Practice, and Policy
Lunchtime Seminar, November 10, 2016 (56:45 min)
Over the past five years, the world has witnessed, in real time through social media, deaths of many Black youth and adults, often by the actions of police officers. The ensuing public outrage has led to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement and ignited important discussions on race in America, but unfortunately and inadvertently, this discourse has perpetuated the historical endangered Black male narrative and largely left out the experiences of Black women and girls. In this seminar, Lindsay-Dennis utilizes a culturally relevant theoretical framework, with an understanding of womanist, Black liberation, and nationalist ideologies, to initiate discussions about how this narrative has taken shape.
LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Ph.D. is a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Over the past decade, her research has created a platform that sheds light on the social determinants, racial injustices, and cultural biases that burden the progression and viability of Black girls and women.