“You can’t talk about hair in a vacuum. It’s very much connected to so many other aspects of who you are,” said Kimberly Moffitt, assistant professor of American studies, in the November 20 edition of the Afro-American newspaper.
Moffitt was featured for her new book, “Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities,” as well as a corresponding Africana studies seminar she is teaching on Black hair and body politics.
The story also featured UMBC student Nigeri Nnachi ’10, American studies, who said that Moffitt’s class created a “safe haven” where students were able to explore their own relationships with their hair and bodies.
As a capstone for the class, Moffitt organized an open-mic event where students and community members shared their own “hair stories.” The Afro-American said that students who shared their experiences included an African-American student who “revealed his quest for the perfect hairstyle,” a Jewish student who “said that he typified the stereotypical Jew” and a Middle Eastern student who “talked about her aggressive measures to ‘pass’ for White to avoid the label of a ‘terrorist.'”
“It’s important for students to experience their own journey, and see where that journey takes them… We all need to feel good about ourselves,” said Moffitt.
The story, “UMBC Professor Takes Students on Journey to Love Hair, Body, Self” appeared November 20 in the Afro-American. It is not available online.