#BlackGirlsMatter: A History of Police Violence and Black Girlhood

Lecture Description

The #BlackLivesMatter civil rights movement is bringing international attention to issues of police brutality and the “school to prison pipeline” in African Americans’ lives. Many people have focused on the dangers black men and boys face, but sometimes lost in this discussion are black girls’ encounters with these same systems of violence. Professor Simmons presents a short history of violence against African American girls and then discusses the injustices black girls face today. She also highlights activism that centers both race and gender. African American youth have been speaking out, proclaiming that #BlackGirlsMatter, insisting that we understand how gender affects experiences of racial violence in America.


African American Childhood and Youth

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LaKisha Michelle Simmons

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