3 Powerful Documentaries That Show the Chilling Effects of Trauma on Black Girl Joy

Why Advocacy and Self-Care Are Every Black Woman’s Superpowers

Robin A Henderson

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A photo collage of African women and their mothers on a textured wall.
Netflix | In Our Mothers’ Gardens

National Women’s History Month is when the country celebrates remarkable trailblazers from history.

Women like Kamala Harris, the first woman of color to be named U.S. Vice President, and Stacey Abrams, the first African American female major-party gubernatorial nominee in the United States, paved the way for all women of color to follow.

We often hear Harris and Abrams thank formidable allies who helped champion their dreams and clear their paths.

But what about the multitudes of nameless and sometimes faceless women of color who society victimizes, discriminates against, and penalizes unfairly?

Black women’s hopes and dreams are cut short because of biased systems and structures that refuse to recognize their worth.

While it’s important to honor the exceptional Black women who soar to new heights, we must support the hopes and dreams of all Black women and girls — especially those whose path isn’t clear and whose burden is severe.

These forgotten women also deserve champions. They need people and organizations that dispel myths and reverse negative trends so women of color can succeed.

Fortunately, there are advocates like the African American Policy Forum (AAPF). AAPF is an innovative think tank that challenges false narratives about African American women, dismantling structural inequality.

Each year, during National Women’s History Month, they highlight the unique challenges Black women face through their series, Her Dream Deferred.

This year, the AAPF screened three gripping documentaries as part of its annual series.

The first documentary is a shocking, gruesome story that brings attention to the overuse of violence against young Black girls in schools.

The next is a deeply moving narrative that sounds the alarm about the national maternal mortality crisis. It reveals how negligent care is a common risk factor for Black expecting mothers.

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Robin A Henderson

I write about inclusive storytelling in Hollywood and diverse representation in wellness.