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Hair Representation in Children’s Books Workshop

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture 1400 Constitution Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20560 United States (map)


Hair is a form of expression. It can tell a story, make a political statement, and connect us to our families, communities, and our history. Educators and families can use children’s books to affirm and encourage young people to embrace and celebrate diverse types and styles of hair — especially natural hair. This workshop will explore the sociopolitical and historical context of natural hair, encourage critical discussion about children’s books on hair, and provide resources for selecting and sharing books on hair with children. 

At the end of the workshop, geared towards educators of children ages 0-8, participants will be able to:

  • Identify historical and current examples of how hair, specifically natural hair, has been used to reinforce social hierarchies around beauty standards

  • Select children’s books and texts that celebrate natural hair 

  • Create a sample lesson that they could use in their classroom that incorporates a children’s book about natural hair

Presented by Teaching for Change, Communities for Just Schools Fund, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Early Childhood Education Initiative.

Special Guests


  • Historical Context of Hair

  • Children’s Book Review and Film Clip Screening


Earlier Event: October 30
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