Native Bryan Teaching Self-Love Through Hair Positivity Book
BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas – A Bryan teacher and children’s author teaches young African American girls to kiss their hair.
She wrote the book “My Hair is so cool” to get the point across.
Her book is filled with statements like “My hair is so cool. On rainy days I wear it in twists.”
Knowing these words of praise will have a lasting impact on children who read them too.
“This is my way for young girls from a young age to build their confidence. And know that different doesn’t mean bad,” said author Alicia Tillotson.
The children’s book was released in March, around the same time the Crown Act was passed by some states.
The law, which was first passed in California in 2019, protects people, especially African Americans, from discrimination because of their hair texture and hairstyles.
“We have to realize the importance of a child’s identity and when we start playing with this stuff, at a very young age, it causes a lot of psychological damage,” said Aretha Franklin, Tillotson’s mother. .
Tillotson didn’t have books like this growing up, but she heard similar claims from her mother.
“Ever since she was a little girl, one of the things I always did, especially combing my hair, was right after I was like ‘You look so pretty.’ And always making sure she knew she was special, ”Franklin said.
As a published author and grade 6 teacher, Tillotson teaches her students, who sometimes call her famous, a valuable lesson.
“I’m your average teacher, but I was able to accomplish this, and obviously you can too,” Tillotson said.
While kissing and maybe even trying on some new hairstyles.