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The White House Sponsored a Princess Party for Black Girls and We are Swooning

Avatar • Nov 2, 2016

When it comes to fortifying the black community, the plight of black women and girls often takes a back seat to that of black men and boys. So it is particularly heart‐warming to see black girls being recognized and nurtured.

On October 17 the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans hosted a Princess Party for black girls. The event focused on literacy, with 6‐year‐old black girl author Jordan West reading from her book Princess for a Day.

115 girls came out for the event, which included coloring and written affirmations. First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the girls, reminding them of their brilliance, beauty and intelligence;

Picture a room of 115 young Black girls, proudly wearing sparkly tiaras, repeating the affirmations that they are strong, beautiful, kind and brilliant. They excitedly color in photos of crowns and write their own affirmations as points on the jewels of their crowns. “I am smart. I am funny. I am a queen,” their pages say… a mirror was passed around and each girl was encouraged to say one thing she liked about herself. The party wasn’t about turning girls into princesses, but ensuring that Black and Latina girls experience how self‐love transforms the way they view themselves and the pivotal role they play in leading and shaping our world.”

Here are a few pictures we were able to dig up. (If you know of more, please email us!)

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Our only disappointment is that, though sponsored by the White House, the event took place at the US Department of Education — located a couple miles away. How wonderful would it be for these girls to spend a day at the White House. Still, we are swooning at these little princesses.

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TWA4now
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TWA4now

Excellent! WE need more of this! I am so happy for them–our angels!

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FeeFee

I actually think doing it at the department of education was a better choice than the white house. Imagine the uproar over such an event taking place in the white house and the amount of societally ignorant and contextually ignorant people calling it “racist” because it was geared toward minority girls. This kept it less sullied in my opinion.

Riak
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Riak

This is so nice and aww, they are so cute

Claudette UK
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Claudette UK

This is for all the little black girls who have been told they can’t be princesses because they aren’t white.

anditern
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anditern

How about we quit the whole sweet, ultra feminine indoctrination nonsense and encourage them to be who they are. Princess and power don’t go together. White girls can keep their fragility.

Claudette UK
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Claudette UK

I never wanted to be a Princess when I was little but that may be because I had internalised that I couldn’t be one. Mainly because my parents weren’t royalty. I understand where you are going anditern, but my daughters are warrior princesses.

Milos Mom
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Milos Mom

Gosh.… I am going to miss the Obama’s so much.

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This is so cute.

MsLondonLove
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MsLondonLove

Soooo sweet! Goodbye Obama 🙁

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