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Black Hair + Storytelling as a Form of Social Activism
February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Black Hair + Storytelling as a Form of Social Activism will be held Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. In this presentation, St. Clair Detrick-Jules will discuss what she learned through her almost four-year-long journey photographing and interviewing 101 Black women with natural hair for her forthcoming photojournalism book, “My Beautiful Black Hair: 101 Natural Hair Stories from the Sisterhood.” The book is a large-scale work of visual anthropology exploring the deep, complex relationships across generations between Black women and their hair that Kirkus Reviews calls “compelling and inspirational … a powerful celebration of self-acceptance and sisterhood.” From the impact of historical anti-Blackness in the Dominican Republic to discussions about the politicization of the afro and its relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement, the presentation will challenge students to think about the ways in which they can use hair as an entry point into other related topics, including (but not limited to) self-love, anti-Blackness, healing from racial trauma, feminism, and community relationships. Lastly, she will also offer students a blueprint for using storytelling — whether by speaking up themselves or passing the mic to others — as a form of social activism. Should the technology allow, accompanying her presentation will be a series of photos and two short videos featuring Black women with natural hair. Please pre-register for this virtual offering.