The Georgetown Law Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity, in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, invites you to join us for the Initiative's tenth-anniversary celebration: a special evening of art, poetry, and more to celebrate the joys of Black girlhood!

This virtual, free event is open to all!
A Celebration of Black Girlhood
September 28, 2022
2018 Commission for the Georgetown Initiative, by Ashley Joi
in partnership with
An incredible lineup of artists, scholars, and youth will join us throughout the evening for performances and discussion of the importance of centering marginalized girls.
co-sponsored by
6 - 7:30 pm ET
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Hosted by Marley Dias
Marley Dias is the purpose-driven founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! Her successful campaign to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character garnered over 10 billion media impressions and created an international movement. At 11 years old, Marley launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in 2015. The campaign eclipsed its original goal after her story went viral and picked up by media outlets around the world. Marley has collected over 13,000 books to-date.

In 2018, Marley was recognized by TIME as one of the 25 most influential teens and named as the youngest member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. She is also the Executive Producer of Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices on Netflix. The show, also hosted by Marley, features celebrities reading books that feature Black characters and authors. Marley started studying at Harvard University in August of 2022.
Youth Performances by 
Logan Green and Makayla Rivera
Featured Guests
Presentation by 
Scheherezade Tillet
Scheherazade Tillet is a photo-based artist, curator, and feminist activist who explores the themes of Blackness, play, freedom, trauma, and healing. She is currently the Executive Director of A Long Walk Home, a nonprofit that she founded with her sister, Salamishah Tillet, in 2003, that uses art to empower young people to end violence against girls and women. Tillet has dedicated her life’s work to Black girls, including those who have been marginalized by society and victims of all forms of violence. 

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Project of Empty Space, Columbia University, and Rutgers University-Newark, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Cut, The Guardian, Ms. Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Teen Vogue, ELLE Decor, Gagosian Quarterly, and Vice. She was a consultant for Lifetime’s documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” the lead organizer of the #MuteRKelly campaign in Chicago, and a curator, of city of Chicago's new Reimagining Monument project, Rekia Boyd Monument. 

In 2022, she co-curated the “Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility,” the largest exhibition on Black girls and genderqueer youth, and is currently a research associate at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa’s Center for Gender, Race, and Class. Tillet is nationally recognized for raising public consciousness, changing cultural narratives, and advancing research and policy.
Logan Green is the Georgetown Initiative's Inaugural Youth Storyteller-in-Residence. She is a 17-year-old writer, activist, and actress from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 2021, Logan won the National Speech and Debate Association competition in the Original Spoken Word category for her poem “Reclaiming Girlhood,” which she wrote after reading our report on adultification bias. Logan is the first Black girl from Mississippi to win a championship. Most recently, she performed the poem “Warriors Don’t Cry” by Melba Patillo Beals, one of the members of the Little Rock Nine. This performance made her a three-time National Speech and Debate Champion. Using poetry, she raises awareness of the problems disproportionately affecting Black people, especially Black girls. Logan has won various awards for her original work. She plans to continue her activism and become a professional actress and writer.
Makayla Christiana Rivera is a 16-year-old Junior at West Orange High school in West Orange, NJ. She uses her poetry as an emotional and creative outlet, which she believes can also be used as a vehicle for change. Her poetry gives voice to the experiences of young, Black women and is a testament of struggle, joy, and the full spectrum of humanity as a Black teen. By challenging stereotypes like the idea of a singular "Black experience," she aims to demonstrate the rich diversity of experiences that are rarely included in media or literature. Makayla received the 2022 New Jersey Governor’s Award for The Arts and was a gold medalist in the state-wide competition for the NAACP Act- So Program for the category of poetry written. She is very involved at her high school, is self-publishing a book entitled “Prayers to Catch A Butterfly”, and is currently working with Harvard Professor and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Dr. Pinder Amaker, on an independent study aimed at researching how to help African American students gain access and greater representation in the arts. Makayla is developing her own nonprofit to support Black girls in developing a positive and strong sense of identity and has plans to pursue a career in law and social advocacy. 
Research Discussion with 
Dr. Camille Quinn
Dr. Quinn has a doctorate in Social Work with substantive foci in criminal justice and public health from the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Arts degree in social service administration and a certificate in health administration and policy from the University of Chicago. A licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Quinn is conducting a program of research examining the well-being and mental health of court-involved youth with particular interest in suicide, substance abuse and trauma. Her mixed-method research has particular foci on race, gender and their intersection. Her findings elucidate court involved youths’ needs and provide a conceptual framework for culturally adapted interventions targeting youth on probation.

Currently, Dr. Quinn is a Co-Principal Investigator on a MacArthur grant to promote criminal justice reform. Dr. Quinn is currently an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work. Until recently, she was an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Previously, she completed a two-year T32 NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in CSPS in March 2016. Most recently, she was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Her appointment is in the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS) and was a member of the interdisciplinary Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV). In 2013, she was one of ten national Scholars to complete the competitive NIH Virtual Mentoring to Enhance Diversity in Mental Health Research Program for Suicidology.
About the Event
Additional Performances By 
Read the Georgetown Initiative's Original Adultification Bias Report
The Georgetown Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity has grown in so many ways in the past decade - producing original research, developing concepts that explode into popular consciousness, and making everyone aware of the work that needs to be done to create a more just and equitable world for women and girls. 

The Initiative’s research has been cited by court opinions and legal briefs, ranging from the George Floyd case to suits disputing school disciplinary codes that disproportionately affect Black girls. Policy supporting girls who experience trauma has been influenced by our work, and it continues to inform and shape a better future for marginalized girls.

The Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity's contributions to the field of race and gender equity are invaluable. We are proud to be a pillar of Georgetown Law Center. As our work grows in reach and depth, we expect it to continue to deepen the conversation on race and gender equity, and hope you will be a part of that discussion.

Thank you for your support of our efforts. We look forward to seeing what affect another decade of this work will have on bending the arc of the universe toward justice!
Celebrating 10 Years 
“Embrace girls of color–don’t try to change us.”
 Aliya Horton
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Participate in our 10th Anniversary by submitting art that celebrates Black girlhood to be included in our Gallery, providing answers to questions to help us create a piece of community art, or submitting your story to our website!
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10th Anniversary Gallery
A collection of art and performances celebrating Black girlhood!
Spoken Word Poem on Adultification Bias
Logan Green
After the event, we'll be publishing a page on our website of visual and written artwork created in celebration of Black girlhood. Submit yours to be included!
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See you on September 28th!