The Courage to Heal

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I am not that woman. I am not she.

A few years ago I worked with a Black female academic whose dissertation was about academically successful Black women and the struggles they have merely to be seen and heard as individuals rather than as representatives of their race — while at the same time knowing that no matter what they did, they would always be seen as Black women — either “that Black girl” who fit all the stereotypes…