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The Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective (DPWC) is hosting a literary event, Q&A, and signing feat. the anthology “Trauma, Tresses, and Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narratives.” Our guests are Lyzette Wanzer, Margalynne ArmstrongJewelle Gomez, and Judy Juanita. This is an in-person event with the exception of our guests who will interact with us via our wonderous technology: Margalynne Armstrong, Jewelle Gomez, and Judy Juanita. So, join us, February 9, 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) at San Jose State University’s Hammer Theater. A good option for parking is SJSU’s 4th street garage (West garage), approx. two blocks within walking distance from the theater.

Our guests will discuss “Trauma, Tresses, and Truth” while illuminating their experiences behind the book's creation and the perennial relevance surrounding matters of Black hair, legalities (i.e., news pertaining to H.R. 5309: The Crown Act), and resistance to encroachments on the natural existence of the Black body.


Black folk continue to have a complex relationship with hair. From grammar and high schools to corporate boardrooms and military squadrons, Black and Afro Latina natural hair continues to confound, transfix, and enrage members of White society. Why, in 2022, is this still the case? Why have we not moved beyond that perennial racist emblem? And why are women so disproportionately affected? Why does our hair become most palatable when it capitulates, and has been subjugated, to resemble Caucasian textures? Who or what is responsible for the web of supervision and surveillance of our hair? Who in our society gets to author the prevailing constitution of acceptable hair and appearance? During this time of emboldened White supremacy, racism, and provocative othering, this work explores how writing about one of the still-remaining systemic biases in schools, academia, and corporate America might lead to greater understanding and respect.

Visit https://dpwc2020.com/dpwc-feats-traumatressestruth/ for author bios and more information.

Special thanks to our partner in sponsoring this event: SJSU's African American Studies Department within the College of Humanities and the Arts: College of Social Sciences

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