TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative

A two-day virtual conference examining the politics, policing, and perception of African American and Afro Latina women’s natural hair in American society. Attend readings, panels, and workshops discussing the muted but invasive means by which society shames our natural hair from infancy through adulthood.

2 days
36 speakers
6 categories

Until the conference starts

Narrative Healing: Writing Our Hair August 08, 2021, 10:30 PM
Lyzette Wanzer MFA
Poetry & Essay Readings August 07, 2021, 06:45 PM
Dr. Adrienne Danyelle Oliver, Jasmine Hawkins MA, Dr. Sherry Johnson & Kelechi Ubozoh
The CROWN Act: An Overview of SB 188 August 09, 2021, 12:00 AM
Lyzette Wanzer MFA, Margalynne Armstrong JD, Vanessa Hintz PsyD & Kathryn Seabron
Poetry & Essay Readings August 09, 2021, 12:00 AM
Dr. Regis Fox, Dr. Raina J. León, Dr. Shatima J. Jones & Barbara Ruth Sanders

Choose from panels, readings, and workshop sessions

Eighteen months ago, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the CROWN Act into law, making California the first state in the country to ban discrimination against people based on their natural hair. Los Angeles Senator Holly Mitchell introduced the bill to “protect the right of Black Californians to…wear their hair in its natural form, without pressure to conform to Eurocentric norms.” The Trauma, Tresses, & Truth conference is especially timely in light of this year’s racial justice movement, which has surfaced--even more--the precarity of Black lives.

This conference's topics interrogate and examine the politics, policing, and perception of African American and Afro Latina women’s natural hair in American society.

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