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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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(p.218) Conclusion
Hear Our Truths

Ruth Nicole Brown

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter features a series of personal letters that underscore the necessity of envisioning Black girlhood differently than it is described on mainstream television; popular magazines; through statistics; and in policies that punish, segregate, and silence. The letters are addressed to people whose love and compassion is a testament to continue this work and who intimately know the necessity of maintaining personal healing while also advocating for the abolition of all forms of Black girl servitude. Moreover, it emphasizes that SOLHOT is not meant to be prescriptive and does not offer itself as a successful model of girl programming. The letters represent a kind of personal meditation that on the sly challenges systemic inequalities, appealing to those who inspire and motivate Black girlhood renewal as a space of freedom.

Keywords:   personal letters, Black girlhood, SOLHOT, girl programming, Black girl servitude, personal meditations, systemic inequalities, Black girlhood renewal, freedom

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