mg_8754aEarlier this week,  7-year-old Tiana Parker was sent home from the Deborah Brown Community School because of her dreadlocks were deemed a faddish hairstyle and unacceptable according to the school’s policy. During an interview with the local news station, Tiana is seen crying because she didn’t understand why her hair was considered so “bad”. Tiana’s father, Terrance Parker, removed his straight-A student from the school.

“She went to the school last year and didn’t have any problems,” said Parker.

Parker said her hair looked the same.

“It hurt my feelings to the core,” said Parker.

“I think that they should let me have my dreads,” said Tiana.

Well Tiana isn’t the only one who thinks the school should let her have her dreads. Since her story broke,  the outpouring of support for Tiana has been amazing.

But one gesture of support definitely stands out.

Dr. Yaba Blay, co-Director and Assistant Teaching Professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University, compiled letters of support and photos from women with dreadlocks.  The e-book is nothing short of amazing. The outpouring of support from women from all walks of life, as well as letters from little girls Tiana’s age, goes to show that there’s nothing “faddish” about dreadlocks.  The letters come from artists, doctors, and even acclaimed director Ava Duvernay.  At the end of the book, Alice Walker allowed for a special message to be printed just for Tiana.

Tiana Parker will know that the love and support she has from around the world is amazing, but the love and support she received from her father will definitely shape her into an amazing young woman.


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  • Kes

    Wow, the power of unity, love and sisterhood. I am proud of us! Sending love to you Tiana!

  • I bet that school and it’s President feels so bad now.

  • march pisces

    i’m a little late getting to this, but as one who “rox lox” it touched my heart to see all the women and young ladies who reached out to tiana. beautiful!!!

  • jacque’

    I’ve not experienced what Tiana did you see I was fully grown but a little girl at heart watching in amazement as my hair began to twist and form cylinders unique to only my head. I feel very blessed, empowered and regal having read this touching pictoral essay. I need this as a coffee table read, something to refer to whenever I need a little affirmation. This is in a few words, Awesome, Empowering, Magical and Inspiring! I plan on showing this to my granddaughters mother in hopes of her allowing me to loc her hair when the time is right, she is only 3 months old now but I would dearly love her to see and walk in her true God given beauty

  • Tanaka

    This was so beautiful!