Under the context of exploring “exhibition as a venue for social change,” the girls will conduct research to explore the histories of African American women across various topics such as southern history, community leadership, and activism in the south.
As a result of their semester-long group research as well as their engagement with visiting scholars and resident artists, the girls will produce digital stories that juxtapose history with current issues effecting African American girls and women in the south (particularly related to education). These digital products will be screened and showcased at a public event in the Museum of Education and will also be showcased in the online exhibitions of the museum.
To connect the student participants to a larger, global body of girls who are also leading for social change, the groups will participate in the United Nations International Day of the Girl. In October, the girls will travel to the Day of the Girl Speak Out in New York City. The Girl Speak Out convenes a select group of girls, girl advocates, and girl allies from across the globe at the United Nations each year. Girls engage in a half-day event examining and speaking out about important issues affecting girls around the world. In addition to speeches given by girl representatives, girl artists also interpret stories and experiences of girls from around the globe into a spoken word theatrical performance. Each year, the UN puts out an international call for girls to submit their life stories to be included in the speak out performance. Hundreds of submissions are received and a select few stories are chosen to be featured.
The Museum of Education is working with the leaders of the Speak Out to establish an intentional effort to more fully include the voices of historically marginalized southern girls. The Director of the Girl Speak Out will travel to South Carolina to personally facilitate a Day of the Girl Spoken Word Retreat with our joint group. The poetry and stories produced at the retreat will then be taken back to New York and incorporated into the theatrical performances to ensure that the voices and experiences of African American southern girls are included at the national event. The group will travel to New York City from October 10-12 to represent South Carolina at the global event.
Sugar & Spice Conversations: Septima Clark Youth Digital Exhibition Screening, March 2019
An event of the Fearless: Septima Clark Youth Exhibition Program, Sugar & Spice Conversations will join together college women with the middle school student participants. After screening the digital stories developed by the girls, the group will engage in an intimate and honest conversation to process, reflect and share experiences as young adults and girls. The title, “Sugar & Spice” creatively and critically plays on the fact that black women’s leadership power is rooted in both deep love and telling hard truths. The event is a partnership with Fraternity & Sorority Life and will include a community of college sorority women leaders.