Black Girl M[issing]: The Erasure and Reimagination of Black Girls’ Activism

January 27, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Utilizing individual and collective experiences, the presenters will trace the legacy of Black women and girls’ activism to promote racial justice in schools, communities, and in higher education. Mirroring the principle of Sankofa, presenters will draw from the untold stories of our ancestors and elders to narrate our social justice journeys. Presenters will provide best practices for how to support Black girls’ engagement in future revolutionary efforts.

Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at U of M’s School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson is the developer and director of the EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race) intervention and loves to translate her work for a variety of audiences, particularly those whom she serves in the community, via blogs, video, and literary articles. Finally, Dr. Anderson was born in, raised for, and returned to Detroit and is becoming increasingly addicted to cake pops.


Dr. Natasha Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and with Transforming Research into Action to Improve Lives of Students (TRAILS) in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on Black adolescents’ understanding of and responses to racism (individual, interpersonal, and structural).



Dr. Nkemka Anyiwo is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania with Racial Empowerment Collaborative. She is also affiliated with the EMBRace Lab at the University of Michigan. Her work examines the sociocultural factors that promote the healing and sociopolitical development of Black youth.