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Self-care and self-love are more than just clever catch phrases. They are essential to living whole in this country and in they world as any person, but particularly as a Black person. And far too often in our society, there are no clear examples on how to do that.

But now, there’s literally a new class at Emory University on the subject of Black Self-Love. Dr. Dianne M. Stewart, associate professor of religion and African-American studies will teach “The Power of Black Self-Love” along with Dr. Donna Troka, associate director at the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence.

According to Blavity, While Troka teaches the ways to resist racism from Civil Rights Era to the present day Black Lives Matter Movement, Stewart focuses on Black Love. The class is for students of all backgrounds to investigate the topic through their own research and analyze of the world. The course features class discussions that include topics like Black Twitter and Black Girl Magic.

For the final research project, students were asked to exhibit ways in which Black self-love serves as an act of resistance. One student submitted a Black Girl Magic gallery featuring women from Emory’s campus. Another one explored Black Love through men’s hair care. 

You can learn more about the course here.

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Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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