Kitchen Table Talks: Reading Texts and Black Girlhood

Dahlia Hamza Constantine, Melanie A. Kirkwood-Marshall, Detra Price-Dennis, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Stephanie Toliver

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The authors in this section gathered around a virtual kitchen table, using the online platform Zoom, to engage in conversation around shared ideas and guiding questions about Black girls’ digital literacies practices. They participated in a conversation where they talked across their respective work as children’s literature scholars and literacy educators who foreground Black feminist/womanist epistemologies in their personal, social, and professional lives. Genius poet Gwendolyn Brooks, considering the great actor Paul Robeson, wrote, “We are each other’s business; we are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” Black women have taken that quote to heart, and use it to express our responsibility to each other. We are each other’s business, harvest, magnitude, and bond. That “magnitude and bond” extends to reading texts, including the representation of Black girls in literature for children and young adults, as well as in school curriculum, media, and the Web. While most research and scholarship on Black girls rightly focuses on the experiences, needs, and outcomes of living Black girls, past and present, in this kitchen table talk, we focus on Black girl readers, as well as the mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors into their storied experiences. For how Black girls show up on the page and on the screen matters for the ways that Black girls are treated in real life.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBlack Girls' Literacies
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Lives and Literacy Practices
EditorsDetra Price-Dennis, Gholnecsar E Muhammad
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780429244391
ISBN (Print)9780367199623, 9780367199654
StatePublished - Jun 23 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameExpanding Literacies in Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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