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The Oppressed Head: A Historical Review of the Beauty and Identity of Black Women’s Hair and Headdress

February 13, 2024 @
3:00 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
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As part of Clark’s Black History Month programming, we have invited Dr. Tameka Ellington to campus for her talk “The Oppressed Head:  A Historical Review of the Beauty and Identity of Black Women’s Hair and Headdress.”

Due to the forecast of inclement weather, this event will be held virtually.

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  • Meeting ID: 934 8099 5110
  • Passcode: 903306

Dr. Ellington’s talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Signed copies of Dr. Ellington’s book will be available for purchase in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for $30 or online.

Dr. Tameka Ellington obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion from KSU, a Master of Arts in Apparel and Textile Design from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from KSU. Dr. Tameka is CEO and Founder of Dr. Tameka Ellington Enterprises, a personal and professional development company. She is a speaker, internationally acclaimed and awarded fashion scholar, and confidence coach. She’s the author of four books, including the award-winning book, TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair written for its namesake exhibition co-curated by Dr. Tameka, featuring artifacts and contemporary artworks musing on Black hair and Black culture. Her fifth book, Black Hair in a White World was released summer 2023 with Kent State University (KSU) Press. Dr. Tameka is also the host of the Black Beauty Activist Podcast where she has critical conversations with her guests to disrupt Westernize beauty standards and raise the consciousness and confidence of Black women.  While working in the academy, she served as Assistant Dean for the College of the Arts and Director for Diversity Initiatives for a team of over 3,000 people (faculty, staff, and students). Dr. Tameka is dedicated to empowering her clients to achieve new levels of self-confidence, and helping them break down cultural barriers in their personal and professional lives. Her motto is, “On the other side of fear is your beautiful confidence.”

More information can be found on her website.


February 13, 2024
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.