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  • Writer's pictureAlli Myatt

Day 26 of #29LoveLettersToBlackWomen: Minda Harts

Minda Harts wrote her first book, The Memo, as a love letter to Black women. And you can feel the love for Black women and other women of color in all of her work. Minda is one of those people who uses her privilege and power to clear the way for others with a warm embrace.

Minda Harts is the author of The Memo, Right Within, and You Are More Than Magic, three books that focus on helping Black women and other women of color navigate the world of work and life. In her books and when she speaks, it is clear that Minda believes Black women deserve to be in environments where we can thrive.

In an interview, Minda said she wrote Right Within because she wanted it to be a soft place to land for Black women. The book is dedicated to Black women who are asked to be strong for everyone else but themselves. I imagine this sentiment is why someone connected me with Minda when I was going through a particularly harmful work situation. Minda agreed to hop on a call with me to give me advice about how to navigate the situation. She may not remember this, as I imagine she talks with a lot of women about their work experience, but I won't forget it. I remember how much attention and care Minda extended to me as she witnessed my story of racialized trauma at work. She was part of the chorus of Black women who told me to get out of that situation. I am grateful for the time Minda took to affirm me and center my humanity.

This #BlackHistoryMonth, I'm celebrating 29 Black women who have influenced me through the ways they pursue their own liberation. Black women's work is often unrecognized and not cited, and this month I'm determined to pass out a few flowers to Black women. #Day26 #29LoveLettersToBlackWomen #GiveBlackWomenTheirFlowers

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