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Brown Lecture Series: Tamara Winfrey-Harris

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Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Tamara Winfrey-Harris will be in conversation with DeShong Perry Smitherman about her new book, Dear Black Girl.

More than a year ago, author Tamara Winfrey-Harris asked a few Black women on social media to write 12 honest, open, and inspiring letters of support to young Black girls in a workshop aged thirteen to twenty-one to. She asked them to write letters that were loving, truthful, vulnerable, feminist, anti-racist, body positive, LGBTQ+ positive, anti–respectability politics, and pro–Black girl. Instead of twelve letters, she received more than fifty from all over the world. And she continues to receive them. On scented paper. Through the internet. Shoved into her hands in Starbucks. Neatly printed on notebook paper. Typed. Scrawled in elegant swirls. In hand-decorated envelopes. These letters are the basis of Harris’ Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping into Your Power.

In Dear Black Girl, Winfrey-Harris introduces and organizes a selection of these letters, modeling how black women can nurture future generations. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, teaching the art of self-love and self-nurturing.

DeShong Perry-Smitherman is a strategic communications expert with experience working in pharmaceuticals, energy and media. She currently works in Corporate Communications as a communications leaded for Eli Lilly and Company – an Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company. DeShong is the co-founder of A Girl’s Gift, Inc., a nonprofit that teaches girls in Indianapolis and Charlotte to be entrepreneurs. She earned a Bachelors degree from Roosevelt University, a Masters from the University of Illinois and a certificate in Media Management from Northwestern University. She is a wife and mom of three outstanding humans! You can catch #StrongDeShong in the middle or bottom of any Peloton leaderboard. She invites new friends to join her in a ride!

ASL interpretation will be available to attendees.

Visit to order your copies of Dear Black Girl.

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.

Wednesday, May 12 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Brown Lecture Series, Virtual Event

Age Group

Teens, Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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