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Light Skin and Long Hair: Challenges to Sistahood

The Penn State Berks Multicultural Office will present Light Skin and Long Hair: Challenges to Sistahood, by Yaba Blay on Friday, March 23, 2012, from 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. in room 3, Perkins Student Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Examining the historical and contemporarily tenuous relationship between Black women based upon skin color and hair texture, this presentation highlights the lived experiences of women of African descent, who because of their “light skin and good hair” have faced multiple challenges in being recognized, accepted, or embraced as “Black women,” primarily by browner skinned Black women.

Yaba Blay is a visiting assistant professor of Africana Studies at Lafayette College, where she also teaches courses in Women’s & Gender Studies. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Salisbury State University, a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Orleans, an M.A. and Ph.D. in African American Studies, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Temple University.

For more information, contact Karen Kihurani, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs, at 610-396-6080 or via e-mail KEK5@psu.edu.

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