Trauma, Tresses & Truth. Lyzette Wanzer Discussion and Book Signing with Adrienne Oliver, Judy Juanita, Kelechi Ubozoh, and Jewelle Gomez

Trauma, Tresses & Truth

Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives


Black women continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair.

From grammar and high schools to corporate boardrooms and military squadrons, Black and Afro Latina natural hair continues to confound, transfix, and enrage members of White American society. Why, in 2022, is this still the case? Why have we not moved beyond that perennial racist emblem? And why are women so disproportionately affected?

Why does our hair become most palatable when it capitulates, and has been subjugated, to resemble Caucasian features as closely as possible? Who or what is responsible for the web of supervision and surveillance of our hair? Who in our society gets to author the prevailing constitution of professional appearance? 

Particularly relevant during this time of emboldened White supremacy, racism, and provocative othering, this work explores how writing about one of the still-remaining systemic biases in schools, academia, and corporate America might lead to greater understanding and respect.

Event date: 
Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Event address: 
3900 Martin L King Jr Way
OAKLAND, CA 94609-2316
Trauma, Tresses, and Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives By Lyzette Wanzer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641606707
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 8th, 2022