Two young black girls in grade 5 and 6 came up to me:
Student: Miss Duff
Student: Me and Mary, were talking and we think you’re a beautiful black woman!
(I then get a big hug from both of them)
Teacher: Oh wow...thanks! This came out nowhere.
#beautifulblackwomen #teaching #neverknowwhattheythink
These girls are so beautiful! I am always reminded of how important representation is when engaging in conversation with young black girls and boys. These girls were open enough to share their personal conversation with me, and I was able to return the compliment to them as well. In a world that believes our young black girls need LESS support and LESS nurturing, engaging in simple conversations like these will remind them that they are valued, loved and beautiful.