The organization, who’s mission is to positively empower black girls, designed the campaign to allow women to write a letter to a young black girl telling her whatever they feel needs to be said. Who else is better for offering advice than a black women who has been there herself?
“Our girls need to hear your voice. We want to send a reverberating sound throughout the planet that our girls can hear and feel … After all, she is but a reminder of the girl we once were. We have walked in her shoes and our journeys have taught us much.”
The Beautiful Project operates out of Durham, NC where they run local and national image campaigns while using photography and reflective workshops to give girls an opportunity to confront positive and negative portrayals of black girls in the media and in their communities.
#DearBlackGirl is vital. I believe it is important to encourage her to love herself, not to rush life and to never give up. Teach her that stereotypes can be broken and she shouldn’t be afraid to go after her dreams. Tell her how her body should be treated like a temple and she shouldn’t be so free to give it away because she just wants to feel loved. Empower her to believe that she is worthy and wanted. All while showing her that it’s okay to lift other black girls and women up along the way and not succumb to a crab mentality that has some of our society broken.
These letters could change a young girl’s life. There may be someone out there who is lost, confused and maybe even ready to give up on life because she feels alone. Like it’s just too much. Imagine if words from a black woman who’s been there may be all she needs to hear.
I just submitted my letter. What will yours say?