Raising Black Girls Roundtable

Our Children: An Education & Empowerment Series

Raising Black Girls Roundtable Event

On April 20, 2017, The Cradle will host a roundtable discussion designed to promote an honest and open dialogue about the realities of raising a Black girl in today’s world. This event, to be held at The YMCA Corporate Headquarters at 1030 W. Van Buren in Chicago, will be a continuation of The Cradle’s new Our Children: Education and Empowerment Series. There will be a cocktail reception from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., followed by the program from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

A panel of distinguished Black women will discuss issues prevalent with Black girls, from low self-esteem around hair and body images to stereotypes of Black girls as disruptive, defiant and sassy. Other topics of discussion may include:

How to raise your Black daughter to be authentic and with courage and confidence.
How to encourage your daughter to value her own beauty and develop a positive attitude about her body.
Black girls sometimes get less attention than their male counterparts early in their school careers because they are perceived to be more socially mature and self-reliant. The lack of attention can lead to “benign neglect” that may diminish school attachment in both high and moderate-achieving female students.

Following the roundtable, there will be a question and answer session, and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with our esteemed panelists.


Ms. Kara Burrell Wright, Founder, Mindhearted Inc., Facilitator and Consultant

Dr. Karen Johnson, MD, Ob-Gyn and Medical Director, Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

Ms. Sharlene Hobson, Principal, PB Hobson at Law LLC

Ms. Angela Taylor, Marketing Executive, PepsiCo Company

Ms. Janell Conley, Former Educator, Currently working on Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution


Through wisdom, insight and personal experiences, increase awareness about the realities of raising a Black girl in today’s society
Discuss lessons that are being passed from generation to generation on how and when to talk to your Black daughter
Educate transracial families to think in very different terms about the conversations they are having with their Black daughters, and the rules and warnings they are giving them

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