Brown Girl What Do You See?

Kisha Mitchell | September 16th, 2016
Kisha Mithchell

Kisha Mithchell

Kisha Mitchell says she was inspired to write her book, Brown Girl, Brown Girl What Do You See? after starting a girl’s mentoring group for her middle school students. She noticed a trend within the 7th graders girls of how they weren’t very confident and tended to lack interpersonal skills to communicate with others due to the insecurities that they had within themselves. Her passion for writing this book was furthered even more after giving birth to her first daughter.

“It was my personal mission to instill pride in my daughter from the time she was born. I told her that she was beautiful and that her hair was beautiful and she believed me,” says Mitchell. All too soon, her efforts had been undone at the age of three when someone in her daughters preschool class told her that her brown skin was not beautiful; that child challenged her daughters belief. How could this happen so early, Mitchell asked herself. “My family and I were devastated and a result we went into brown is beautiful overload,” she says. When she is upset about things, Mitchell tends to write. Brown Girl is what she wrote during her time of heartbreak. It was a love letter to her two daughters and all of her former brown students, to let them know to love themselves and that their brown skin is amazing.

She feels that it is important to keep books in front of our children at a young age that resemble who they are. “Just as Marley Dias stated, all of the books that our children are exposed to at elementary ages are largely not about the brown girl. Diversity in reading is pertinent to the development of reading skills. It is important to the literacy of our children to have an option of reading things that reflect them to peek his or her interest in reading,” she says. “In today’s society it is so difficult for children to gain a positive selfi fi mage with what is presented to them in media as it pertains to brown women, girls and beauty. It is imperative that we begin speaking life into our daughters and girls in our lives at an early age and Brown Girl is a great place to start the dialogue.”

As the production of this book began, it was apparent that there is a movement occurring among brown women. Many are proudly standing up realizing that they are beyond classically beautiful; they are intelligent and more than enough. This book is a perfect tool that helps young girls begin building the confidence that adult women are experiencing.

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