As we head near the event, we will be highlighting our 16 speakers. Our first speaker is a Tulsa native looking to teach us all how black girls find their identity in their edges!
Born and raised in North Tulsa, the most underserved and impoverished area in the city, Caroline Bennett is a two-time loan and debt-free first generation Black girl graduate of higher education. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s degree from Ohio State University. #Hoodid & #Hooded, and yet, she has been intentional about her work inside and outside of academic spaces. Her work as a scholar-artist for the past seven years has centered around the experiences and voices of inner-city youth, particularly Black girls. She disrupts the deficit-approach often employed when discussing, addressing and engaging our youth.