Meet The Founder of 'Black Girls Learn Languages'
A feeling of isolation in high school is what inspired Shahidah Foster to launch Black Girls Learn Languages.
Shahidah and her family relocated from NYC to Missouri & one of the first things she signed up for in her new school was French Club & soon realized there was no one around that looked like her.
“I was the only black person and it was very awkward. It was just very frustrating because I felt like I didn’t really have anybody that I could relate to that was learning French at the time. ”
It was an incident that stuck with her into adulthood. That’s when she created Black Girls Learn Languages.
: What do you plan to accomplish with Black Girls Learn Languages?
: It’s a digital community. I have a Facebook group that’s private & fan page that people interact on as well and I have Instagram where people follow me as you know their conversations.
"On the website, I have resources for learning certain languages. The Facebook group connects you with other women of color who are learning the language you might be studying. "
So, for instance, there may be women in the group that are studying Greek. I don’t know anything about Greek, but they talk to each other, or they may be studying Japanese, and they talk to each other
We also vent in the group. It’s not limited to just language. Sometimes, people come in the group, and they’re like, ‘I was at work today, and you know this person wanted to try to touch my hair.’
We are a safe space for Black women because we don’t have that many.
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