In this brief essay the author articulates the intersection of race and gender in the representation of Black girls’ educational experiences. The role of Black respectability politics to shape and disable the discourse around Black girls’ educational experiences is discussed. The work draws on varied texts and disciplines to explicate the challenges to naming some of the factors that influence their experiences in schools and society.

Author Biography

Dr. Wendi Williams is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Bank Street College of Education. Her research, writing, activism, and advocacy center on articulating and acting in service to address the ways intersectional identities and contexts impact people's lives. In her work she seeks to consider implications of intersectional identity formation to shape individual and collective mental health, education, wellness and opportunities for leadership among diverse populations, especially women and girls.



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