Webinar: Protecting the Safety, Wellbeing and Opportunity to Learn for Black Girls

Wednesday March 21, 2018 –

A groundbreaking study from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality found adults view black girls as young as 5 years old as less innocent and less in need of protection than white peers, which may contribute to the consistently harsher disciplinary treatment that we see across our schools and in our juvenile justice system.

Authors of the report Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood discussed why we need to explore data and disciplinary discrepancies for Black girls. Learn about “adultification” and this newly recognized form of bias in which adults perceive Black girls more like adults- and less innocent- than their white peers. Challenge harmful perceptions of Black girls that suggest they need less nurturing, protection and support than white girls. Explore what more is needed to address this issue and uplift Black girls across schools, juvenile justice and other public systems.

Our speakers included:

Jamilia Blake, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Texas A&M University

Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Marianna Islam, Director of Programs & Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education (moderator)