The Beautiful Project believes that the most meaningful words a black girl needs to hear are not those that the world says about us, but what we have to say to each other. #dearblackgirl engages the real life experiences of black girls and women, as well as their imagination of who the black girl is, has been, can and will be.
Today, we invite black women ages 18 and up to submit letters that will be used to generate meaningful conversations between black women and girls through social media, national exhibits and local programming. We hope to engage black girls and women in sharing their memories, experiences, testimonies, dreams, and commentary on what black girlhood means. We can’t wait to hear your voice.
What could happen in this world if it were full of confident, talented, brilliant, bold Black girls who were positioned and prepared to make an impact? Too often, Black girls encounter environments and relationships that are blemished by criticism, hatred, and disrespect that create insecurities, produce thick walls of isolation, shift their personalities and rearrange their perception of their own potential.
But, what could happen if they knew that they were loved and supported by a myriad of dedicated, strong, determined women who have walked their walk and are willing to share the lessons they’ve learned from their own story?
They need us in the offense and the defense, in peace and chaos, in school and at home, at church and at the hair salon, when they’re dancing and when they’re crying. They need to know that we are here and ready to war on their behalf. When they know that they are loved and completely accepted they will feel safe to embrace their journey through life.
Our girls need to hear your voice. We want to send a reverberating sound throughout the planet that our girls can hear and feel. A song passionately sang with heads thrown back, long necks exposed, mouths open wide as grace and truth sweetly lilt out and wrap love around their tender hearts and developing minds. After all, she is but a reminder of the girl we once were.
We have walked in her shoes and our journeys have taught us much. Give her the tools to discover who she is and, in so doing, set her free to unapologetically be herself in a world that needs her so badly. Join the movement. Write her a letter.
Directions are simple. Submit a letter beginning with the phrase “Dear Black Girl” to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, September 29@midnight.
2) Favorite photograph of yourself
DBG Submissions will be featured on our blog beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
*Please note The Beautiful Project reserves the right to use, publish and republish entries for research, artistic and programmatic work, without payment.