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BOOK: #1 Amazon new release
Published Thursday, October 1, 2020

Black Girl, White School: Thriving, Surviving, and No, You Can’t Touch My Hair.

By Olivia V.G. Clarke

In a summer filled with calls for racial justice, a high school senior is amplifying voices of Black girls in predominantly white schools, leaving her mark and sparking important conversations. At just 16 years old, Clarke created and edited an Amazon popular anthology, “Black Girl, White School: Thriving, Surviving, and No, You Can’t Touch My Hair.”

“I want to raise up Black voices, especially Black female voices that aren’t necessarily heard because we’re young. I wanted Black girls and women to know they are not alone and that others have similar experiences. I also wanted them to be inspired and empowered by both the book and the accompanying journal,” Clarke said. “This book is also an opportunity for parents, school administrators, and educators to understand experiences of Black girls in white schools, and use that knowledge to make anti-racism a focus, not just in words but action.”

Clarke has just released a support journal for Black girls to accompany the book and has plans to publish an ally journal this month.

Navigating predominantly white institutions as a young Black girl provides amazing opportunities as well as challenging experiences. The poems, anecdotes, and stories found in “Black Girl, White School…” seek to provide support and guidance for Black girls in PWIs and are written by Black girls and women who are current or past attendees of PWIs.

Hair, friendship, dating, motivation, information, racism, self-esteem – nothing is off limits. Fans of Black Lives Matter books “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone, and “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo will love this nonfiction look at life as told by girls who have lived it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Clarke is a high school senior, leader, and activist in diversity work. Additionally, she is a multiyear, full scholarship attendee at The Ohio State University. In 2018, she was selected to be a part of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a multicultural conference for high school student leaders in diversity.



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