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Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century$
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Nazera Sadiq Wright

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040573

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040573.001.0001

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The Changing Same? Next-Generation Black Girlhood

(p.179) Epilogue
Black Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century

Nazera Sadiq Wright

University of Illinois Press

This book has documented a literary genealogy of the cultural attitudes toward black girls in the United States. By analyzing the images and tropes created by some nineteenth-century black writers to tackle black girlhood, it has painted a picture of a black girl who is not valued and whose accomplishments are undermined. This epilogue expresses the hope that the literary heritage of black girls will be recovered in a way that will contribute to solutions for black girls of today and tomorrow. It argues that black girls are often misrepresented in the media and offers a theoretical landscape for addressing such mirepresentations and for seeing beyond them to look at what black girls are actually doing, thinking, and dreaming. Finally, it discusses some of the major findings of the African American Policy Institute study on the treatment of black girls in schools entitled Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected, released in February 2015.

Keywords:   cultural attitudes, black girls, black writers, literary heritage, media, African American Policy Institute, Black Girls Matter, black girlhood

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