Black Girlhood



Curator's Notes:

The items in this collection narrate a bit of Umi’s girlhood, from a toddler to a teen. They invite reflection on some of what it meant to be a Black child in New York City in the mid-twentieth century, which includes how dynamics of race and racism, social class and capitalism, and whiteness and popular culture impacted Black social worlds.

Audrey Beatrice Weeks
  • Audrey Beatrice Weeks
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  • 1952-1962
  • open
Dear Diary
  • Dear Diary
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  • 1962-1967
  • open
Teenybopper
  • Teenybopper
  • New York
  • 1960s
  • open
Stargazing
  • Stargazing
  • Jamaica, NY
  • Early 1960s
  • open
Cousins
  • Cousins
  • Bronx, NY
  • July 1963
  • open
Sweet Sixteen
  • Sweet Sixteen
  • Jamaica, NY
  • April 1966
  • open
Prevoy's Social Club
  • Prevoy's Social Club
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  • 1968
  • open
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