Virtual Book Talk
November 09

Virtual Book Talk

Book Talk | The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women w/ author Marita Golden
Pyramid welcomes author Marita Golden, guest moderated by Janis Kearney

About the book:
For generations, in response to systemic racism, Black women and African American culture created the persona of the Strong Black Woman, a woman who, motivated by service and sacrifice, handles, manages, and overcomes any problem, any obstacle. The syndrome calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers and chief caretakers for everyone in their lives. Never buckling, never feeling vulnerable, and never bothering with their pain. Golden’s book elucidates how being 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.

About the author:
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.
Nov 9, 2021 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)
November 09, 2021 - 7:00 PM