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Hear Our TruthsThe Creative Potential of Black Girlhood$
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Ruth Nicole Brown

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037979

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037979.001.0001

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Black Women Remember Black Girls

Black Women Remember Black Girls

A Collective and Creative Memory

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(p.46) 2 Black Women Remember Black Girls
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Hear Our Truths
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Ruth Nicole Brown

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037979.003.0003

This chapter shows how Black girlhood must be made—in SOLHOT the space of Black girlhood is made through time, a timing that is infused with the sacred and spirit. In SOLHOT, to “homegirl” means engaging Black girls in the name of Black girlhood as sacred work that implicates time. Sacred work acknowledges the ways spirit moves one to act, often beyond the material conditions of one's immediate circumstance. The chapter considers how homegirls remember SOLHOT as a sacred experience that makes Black girlhood possible. It then features a creative and collective memory constructed from the interview transcripts of eight SOLHOT homegirls and M. Jacqui Alexander's (2005) Pedagogies of Crossing: Mediations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred. The memory shows how homegirls' labor constructs SOLHOT as a methodology and cosmology that makes Black girlhood possible, affirms Black girls' lives, and enables personal and collective transformation.

Keywords:   Black girlhood, time, sacred work, spirituality, homegirl, creative memory, collective memory, personal transformation, collective transformation

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