Black Girls Don't

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Family, Teens, Adults
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Prenicia Clifton is a world class opera singer. She was the first African American to sing in a Chinese opera house solely in Mandarin. In this presentation, Prenicia tells her story of overcoming society putting young Black girls in a box and what it really means to create your own path in life. Prenicia to this day constantly challenges the stereotypes of Black women and uses her story to inspire youth.

Black Girls Don't Sing Opera!
What does it mean to be a Black girl performing in a predominantly white field?

Black Girls Don't Lead!
What does it mean to be a Black girl breaking barriers and leading a community?

Black Girls Don't Read!
What does it mean to be a Black girl overcoming an undiagnosed learning disability?

Black Girls Don't Speak Out!
What does it mean to dedicate one's life to activism as a Black woman?

Black Girls Don't Tell!
What does in mean to overcome abuse and tell on your abuser?


This event is part of the Ripple Project, a year-long series of free humanities programs focused on racial equity and social justice in the Dane County public libraries. Learn more at The Ripple Project is sponsored by Beyond the Page, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Madison Community Foundation.


Accessibility: The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Photography: Children and adults participating in Sun Prairie Public Library programs may be photographed by newspaper or television reporters/photographers, library staff members, or others involved with the program. These photographs may appear without compensation in newspapers or productions, publications, on the web, or other printed or electronic materials related to the role and function of the Sun Prairie Public Library. Parents who do not want their children photographed should notify Lynn Montague, Head of Youth Services, before the program starts.