Central Library Hosts I Am Not My Hair Program February 13

As part of Black History Month, the Central Library is hosting a program for youth designed to build self-esteem and encourage black children to take pride in their hair. Called I Am Not My Hair, the free program will take place on Wednesday, February 13, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., in the Central Library Youth Department, 2nd Floor.

The program is the brainchild of Youth Department head Bessie Miller, after noticing that the kids, particularly young girls who come in after school, would gather in the bathroom "fixing their hair."

"We observed there would be occasional teasing about the style, the texture, etc., of their hair," said Gelenda Norman, a library assistant in the Youth Department. "Hair has an effect on the self esteem of children, tweens, and teens, even adults."

T.J. Dudley, owner of King's Grooming Lounge, will share his knowledge and expertise in hair care and grooming, along with teen mentor Aaliyah Taylor, to empower and uplift self-esteem and confidence among the young patrons.

"The inclusion of a barber will allow the young boys to get tips on hair grooming as well as entrepreneurship," Norman said. "T.J. will share his journey from simply cutting a fellow's hair to becoming a business owner, instructor, and motivational speaker."

For a listing of nearly 90 other Black History programs being offered at BPL's 19 locations, visit the seasonal events calendar