Introduction: Unfurling Black Girl Superpowers

Black girls are as diverse as the stars in the sky. They belong to global communities, speak a variety of languages, and propel innovation. Despite these qualities, their learning environments can be alienating and even hostile. In the editorial, “Why Black Girls’ Literacies Matter: New Literacies for a New Era” (2016), Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz explains the urgency of Black Girls’ Literacy is a result of the climate in which Black girls are coming of age: higher rates of suspension, and the increased likeliness to attend schools that lack a full range of college preparatory courses and underqualified teachers.

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