In August, we hosted a round table discussion to promote an open dialogue about the beauty of black girls and women and how this beauty is portrayed within society. We discussed promoting self-confidence, empowering young black girls and women, challenging traditional beauty standards within America and black communities, and more. Our panelists shared their personal experiences from youth, and now as parents of black girls. Their personal anecdotes were insightful, at times painful, and all overwhelmingly open and honest.
- Halima Aden, the first Somali-American woman to compete for the title of Miss Minnesota USA
- Shannon Gibney, writer, educator, activist, transracial adoptee and author of See No Color
- Shawtan Powell, Founder of Girls are Powerful
- Sheena Pruitt, Foster Care Shelter Coordinator for Family Alternatives
watch the Round Table Now
We were able to record this event for others to watch or listen. It isn’t of the highest quality, but we have heard from individuals that there is still interest in listening. We recommend that you turn your volume up a bit, as this amplifies the speakers’ voices over the background noise due to the audio settings.