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ARTICLE | Fugitive Literati: Black Girls’ Writing as a Tool of Kinship and Power at the Howard School | Women, Gender, and Families of Color | by Tammy C. Owens

“Using black feminist thought to read the loud silences in the Howard Orphanage and Industrial School’s letters, I argue that the girl’s case shows how orphaned black girls used the ‘written word’ to navigate power relations in the workplace and actively construct their desired kinship networks for survival.” Read More

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ARTICLE | Queering Black Girlhood at the Virginia Industrial School | by Mary Zaborskis | Signs

By Mary Zaborskis
Criminalized children were one group of children excluded from twentieth-century and contemporary cultural narratives that have viewed children as sexually innocent, deserving of protection, and beneficiaries of the future. I’m interested in how promises of recuperation, protection, and futurity to criminalized children actually enabled the continued denial of each. Read More



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ARTICLE | ‘The Most Unprotected of All Human Beings’: Black Girls, State Violence, and the Limits of Protection in Jim Crow Virginia | Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture & Society | by Lindsey Elizabeth Jones

By Lindsey Elizabeth Jones
“A closer look at the practice of domestic parole complicates the neat distinctions between education and incarceration, protection and punishment that the women of the Virginia State Federation made in their public discourse about the school.” Read More



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