TRAUMA, TRESSES, & TRUTH: A Natural Hair Conference

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
34 speakers
6 categories
When Children’s Hair Breaks School Rules August 07, 2021, 11:30 PM
Sulma Arzu-Brown, Micah A. Bledsoe-Holland, Valerie Carpenter MPS & Dr. Regis Fox
When Children’s Hair Breaks School Rules August 07, 2021, 11:30 PM
Sulma Arzu-Brown, Micah A. Bledsoe-Holland, Valerie Carpenter MPS & Dr. Regis Fox
Natural Hair Portraits: Visual Artists August 08, 2021, 07:15 PM
Joleen Richards, Sal Steiner & Hillary Younglove
How Natural Black Hair Became A Civil Rights Issue August 08, 2021, 10:30 PM
Judy Juanita, Barbara Ruth Sanders & Kathryn Seabron

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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