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Author Sends "Locs of Love" to Mistreated Tulsa Girl

By Jason Elbert, KSWO.com

LAWTON Okla_ A renowned author has reached out to comfort a 7-year-old Tulsa girl who was sent home from her charter school last month because of her hairstyle.

You can see "Locs of Love" below this story.

In late August, school officials at Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa sent 7-year-old straight-A student Tiana Parker home for wearing her hair in dreadlocks. The school's policy at the time said "hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable."

Rather than change their daughter's hair to adhere to the school's policies, Tiana's parents, Miranda and Terrance Parker, instead decided to remove their daughter from the school.

Dr. Yaba Blay is an author specializing in African American culture identity. She said she learned about the story through the media. In a story Dr. Blay published on CNN.com partially entitled "Tell a Brown Girl She's Beautiful", she wrote she "reached out to other women with dreadlocks... to create a care package, of sorts, to affirm a little girl's beauty."

Dr. Blay compiled "a digital book of photos and messages from 111 women and girls from all over the country and all over the world, all of whom wear their hair in locs, all of whom want Tiana to know that she and her hair are perfect."

The digital care package, called "Locs of Love", contains not only photos, but personal messages from other women and girls with dreadlocks expressing their support and sympathy for Tiana. Blay ends the article by challenging everyone who reads it to "tell a little black girl she's beautiful today. And every day."

Yaba Blay, Ph.D, is the author of "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race" and artistic director of the (1)ne Drop project, which explores black racial identity. She is a co-director and assistant teaching professor of African studies at Drexel University.


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