The Story Behind Brown Girls Read
Brown Girls Read began from a love of reading. As a child, I loved to read. Through books I was able to travel and see things I never thought possible for me. I was able to escape childhood drama and experience life through the eyes of the characters within the books. But, it wasn’t until…
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Piecing Me Together
A timely and powerful story about a teen girl from a poor neighborhood striving for success, from acclaimed author Renee Watson. Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods. But Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference. Friendships, race, privilege, identity-this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.
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Brown Girls Read is a safe place for brown girls to explore life and different places through the characters within the book, characters that look like them. Brown Girls Read is also a place where they can express themselves in an intellectual manner.
Meet Your Mentors
My name is Nicke Haney and I am the founder of Brown Girls Read book club. I am so happy to meet you all. Just a little about myself. I am a graduate of Converse College here in Spartanburg, SC. I am a member of the Nu Delta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. I am a wife, a mother, a sister, and an auntie. My degree is in English. I have always had a passion for books and inspiring people to want to read.
My name is Arnise Wright and I am a Biology major with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. My hometown is in Goose Creek, South Carolina with aspirations in becoming a genetic counselor.
My name is Maranda Brown, an International Affairs major with a minor in Education. I am from Covington, Georgia with the dream to become a lawyer. I grew up with a love for education and reading; begging my mom for book series after book series to fuel my hunger for education. I joined Brown Girls Read, because it gives me the time to do more than just read a textbook just for a grade. It gives me the same love and excitement that I once cherished as a young girl and being able to share that same love with little girls who look up to me makes it worth it.
My name is Nadia Ferguson. I am a Chemistry major with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology from Spartanburg, SC. I plan to become an OBGYN. I want to see Brown Girls Read mission reach a national level and the girls along with Mrs. Haney gain the recognition and celebration they deserve for all of their hard work.
I’m Taylor Fuller, a Biology major with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. Although I grew up in South Carolina, I’m originally from New York. From an early age, my parents instilled in me the importance of literacy and knowledge, which sparked my lifelong love for reading. My ultimate goal is to become a Pediatric Cardiologist and a Professor. Brown Girls Read has allowed me to combine my passion for reading with my commitment to empowering the next generation.
Summer Camp 2023
Step into the realm of Brown Girls Read Summer Camp, a realm where the enthusiasm of young minds unites for a voyage of discovery, learning, and creativity. This exceptional camp is meticulously crafted to empower and motivate young girls through the enchantment of literature. Just as the sun's radiance graces each camp day, so does the radiance of enlightenment and friendship.