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Brown Lecture Series
October 19 @ 7:00 pm
Marita Golden (author of The Strong Black Woman) will talk about how a myth can endanger the physical and mental health of black women.
FREE. Please check back for registration information.
Presented in partnership with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
Marita Golden will be in conversation with Dr. Georgia Willie-Carnegie about her life and work, including her new book, The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women
Marita Golden, cofounder and president emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, is a veteran teacher of writing and an acclaimed award-winning author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. She has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA graduate creative writing programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA creative writing program at John Hopkins University and has taught writing internationally to a variety of constituencies. She currently lives in Maryland.
Dr. Georgia Willie-Carnegie is certified as a Diplomate of the Board of Internal Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, member of the Association of Black Cardiology, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, and American College of Physicians. She completed a MedStar Research Fellowship focusing on the Women’s Health Initiative and diabetes therapy. Her interests include cardiovascular imaging and echocardiography.
Order your copy of The Strong Black Woman from the Ivy Bookshop.
ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.
Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.
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How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women
“Black don’t crack”. The Strong Black Woman Syndrome is a racist and sexist archetype created to marginalize Black women. It is a toxic ideology that is a major factor contributing to the dismal health metrics for Black women, showing that four out of five are overweight and are more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack than White women. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives. “Black don’t crack” is a familiar adage. We never buckle, never feel vulnerable, and never bother others with our pain.
Black women face a hidden mental health crisis of anxiety and depression. To be a Black woman in America is to know that you cannot protect your children or guarantee their safety, that your value is consistently questioned, and that even being “twice as good” is often not good enough. Consequently, Black women disproportionately experience anxiety and depression. Studies now conclusively connect racism and mental health―and physical health.