From the Malcolm X educational day to last weekend’s inaugural “Self Love,” women and girls mini workshop, the BSun Cultural Center continues to be at the forefront for arts and cultural events.
More than fifty young ladies and women attended the workshop for insight into women’s rights, building self-confidence, healthy eating and prevention, social interaction and education. Attendees were also feted with a free lunch, educational information and breakout sessions, which allowed attendees to ask questions in a more intimate setting.
“This workshop has been helpful in confronting issues pertaining to girls that we don’t discuss in our homes and matter of fact sometimes afraid to discuss. With the list of missing girls, we have to stay close and lead the way,” said attendee Lisa Brown.
This year, Black Girl Magic was witnessed when three black women won the three major 2019 pageants: Ms. USA Cheslie Kryst, Ms. America Nia Franklin and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris.
While African American women are making major strides throughout the country, too many black girls are missing. Recently, the nonprofit Black & Missing Foundation compiled statistics from the FBI, which noted that in 2016 alone, 242,295 individuals of color were reported missing in the United States.
A stunning 36.7 percent of those missing were Black teens under the age of 18. In total, statistics show more than 75,000 young Black Americans are currently missing. Additionally, officials at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Cyber Tipline said they’ve received more than 18.4 million reports.
Those statistics, and the seeming lack of media interest, have led to cries of racism and neglect, particularly when it comes to Black girls. Shown is moderator Joyce Brown leading the workshop.