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A Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Free: Tamara Winfrey-Harris in conversation with Dr. Jenn Jackson

Tuesday July 9, 2024 07:30 PM EDT
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Charis welcomes Tamara Winfrey-Harris in conversation with Dr. Jenn Jackson for a discussion of A Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Free, an empowering, feminist guidance for Black women on living unapologetically and authentically—from the bestselling author of The Sisters Are Alright. Unshackle your authentic self from the expectations and stereotypes of American culture through the 6 pillars of living free as a Black woman.


Tamara Winfrey Harris harnesses her knowledge as a two-time author and storyteller of the Black femme experience and nationally known expert on the intersections of race and gender to deliver a sharp feminist analysis that is illustrated by real-life stories and examples plucked from popular culture and intimate Black woman-to-Black woman truth-telling.

This book is separated into two parts. First, the meaning of liberation is explored and Black women will be guided in creating sustaining practice to mature their well-being along the freedom journey. 

In part two, readers are introduced to the 6 pillars of living free as a Black woman:



Spot the distortions


Know your truth


Celebrate the real you


Understand the cost of liberation


Practice freedom


SEE free Black women everywhere



With the bold, astute writing that you have come to expect from Winfrey-Harris, A Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Free urges Black women everywhere to choose themselves, and choose freedom, in a world that would have you chained.



Tamara Winfrey-Harris is a writer, speaker and dedicated champion for all women and girls. She serves as president of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation that convenes, invests and advocates so all who identify as women or girls in Central Indiana have an equitable opportunity to reach their full potential no matter their place, race or identity. As a writer, Tamara specializes in the ever-evolving space where current events, politics and pop culture intersect with race and gender. She says, “I tell the stories of Black women and girls to deliver the truth to all those folks who got us twisted—tangled up in racist and sexist lies. My sisters are better than alright. We are amazing.”

Tamara is the author of the award-winning The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2015); Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters On Stepping Into Your Power (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2021); and A Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Free (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2024). Her commentary, articles and essays have been published in media outlets, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and books, including The Lemonade Reader: Beyonce, Black Feminism and Spirituality (Routledge, 2019); The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery (Wayne State University Press, 2018); and Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest (Black Belt Publishing, 2020).

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD, is an award-winning professor of political science at Syracuse University and a columnist for Teen Vogue, where they write the popular “Speak On It” column that “explores how today’s social and political life is influenced by generations of racial and gender (dis)order.” A queer genderflux androgynous Black woman, Jackson primary research is in Black Politics with a focus on Black Feminism, racial trauma and threat, gender and sexuality, and social movements. Black Women Taught Us is their first book.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle’s mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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