Sharing Black Stories: For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J Lockington

Sharing Black Stories: For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J Lockington

I am a girl but most days I feel like a question mark. People throw their looks at me. Then back at my mama sister and papa. Who are all as white as oleander. Then they look back at me. Black as a midnight orchard. And I see their puzzled faces trying to understand where I fit. People ask me where I’m from but I know they really mean

Who do you belong to?

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J Lockington

Sometimes you know a book will be a great one the moment you open it. This is one of those books. There are so many reasons why I rave about this book. For one, it is the format of the book. The short, but descriptive chapters, the poetry, the letters between friends. But, it is also the stories and topics that Lockington weaves together. She covers some really hard topics (mental illness, adoption, racism, family, friends) and she does it all with hope and beauty.

Do you have a book that you knew you would love from the moment you read the first lines?

Buy Lockington’s brilliant work here.

I am a middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.

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