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It’s Growing On ‘Em: Black Hair’s Fight for Social Acceptance

Speaker: Stephanie Sims

Representation of beauty, and hair’s place in that representation, has been a concern in popular culture for many decades, with media sources often depicting African Americans–and their hair–in a poor light. Hair has become a focal point of African Americans’ struggle to define who they are in corporate America, and in Black culture. I’ll examine the history behind Black hair’s fight for social acceptance through a national lens and also discuss its impact on smaller communities, addressing a few stigmas associated with natural hair in African American culture and its “growth” in society through the years. Today, natural hair has become so versatile and commonplace that it’s featured on mainstream television and seen in the boardroom; however, it continues to be identified by some as political and militant.

Register for It’s Growing On ‘Em

The lecture will be a Zoom webinar and will be streamed to YouTube Live, and then archived on YouTube for later viewing. Attendees must register to participate in Zoom webinar and ask questions of the speaker.


Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach until further notice. We will be providing virtual programming and other online services during this time. For more information, go to cals.org.