Parable of the Brown Girl
Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color by Khristi Lauren Adams
The stories of girls of color are often overlooked, unseen, and ignored rather than valued and heard. In Parable of the Brown Girl (adult nonﬁction), readers are introduced to the resilience, struggle, and hope held within these stories. Instead of relegating these young women of color to the margins, Adams brings their stories front and center where they belong.
By sharing encounters she's had with girls of color that revealed profound cultural, historical and spiritual truths, Adams magniﬁes the struggles, dreams, wisdom, and dignity of these voices. Thought-provoking and inspirational, Parable of the Brown Girl is a powerful example of how God uses the narratives we most often ignore to teach us the most important lessons in life. It's time to pay attention
How much research went into your book and how you went about it
The research for Parable of the Brown Girl started when I didn’t even realize I was going to write the book. In my career I have had the distinct pleasure of mentoring, counseling, and working for and on behalf of black girls. In that there have been quite a few relationships that I have developed with some of these girls that have stuck with me on a deep level. Some of the stories that I wrote about were taken from my memory and the lasting impact that the girls made on my own life. As a result, when I began writing I already had some of those stories in my mind that I was able to translate into text. For other stories, I reached out to some of the girls that I know and we met over coffee/tea or video chat and they shared with me details about their lives. I simply asked a lot of them, “What made you who you are today?” That question proceeded into some deep discussions. Other conversations I had with girls asking them their opinions about various topics or just observing them and listening to their conversation and the things they struggle with and their joys. It was a combination of all of those factors that led to the formation of this book. I also did research from secondary sources that were pertinent to the topic of the lives and experiences of black women and girls. Some of that research included books from scholars in this area like Dr. Monique Morris’ work on the marginalization of black girls or Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen. I also looked at Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality’s study, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood alongside Columbia Law’s Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced, and Underprotected. Both of these studies had significant influence on my writing. Once I had all of that research then creating the book was like putting together a piece of art.