Dr. Danley conducts workshops and seminars with and/or about Black girls and women. She facilitates professional development and trainings, as well as, is available to serve as a speaker, keynote, panelist and/or programmer and research analyst that serve the interest of black girls and women. Dr. Danley gives talks and programmatic services at local, regional and national team meetings, retreats, conferences, Think Tanks and consortiums for teachers, administrators, parents, community organizations, churches whose charge is to identify and addresses issues that Black girls and women face.

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Is a non-for profit organization founded by Dr. Lynette L. Danley at the University of Utah in 2006. Our mission is teach black girls to honor their bodies, to seek self-efficacy, to be proactive about their education and conscious about their career exploration, to show deference and compassion for their communities and respect for their ancestry, and to know, that if they only claim and accept it, they are destined to live their legacy. Learn more about Black Butterflies

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  • Television Interview with Boyse Edwards show "The B Corner" - Chicago CANTV
  • Radio Interview on WBGX 1570AM - Chicago, IL
  • The first African American Adolescent Female Summer Literacy Institute will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from June 29 through July 29 at the UIC College of Education.
  • Featured in Austin Weekly Newspaper September 1, 2010

It's Always Something Else to Say: Dr. Danley Reflections

I want to express my sincerest gratitude for the September 1, 2010 Austin Weekly News coverage of my "hard and heart" work. To Ms. Finisha O'Quinn, the contributing writer, thank you for allowing my words to have wings. Some people are not proponents of sharing what they believe to be, "Family Business." I understand and respect that point of view. For me, I have found that releasing the good, the bad and the ugly is liberating, healing, and empowering-necessary. In agreement with my core, God, my spirit and my mom, I opened up without fear or regret.  There are many parts of a story. And while I am only one character within mine, I have the right to tell it like it was for me. Thank you mom for understanding that.

For years I allowed silence to paralyze me. I was a hostage to those characters privy to my story either intimately or bystanders who either threatened to tell what they knew or thought they knew and/or made me feel guilty and ashamed because parts of their stories were interconnected with mine. Alice Walker has a profound saying, "In search of my mother's garden I found my own," which meant that once I learned more about my parents’ stories, I found the power to forgive them. I am not dismissing or diminishing the lack of accountability on their part. I do believe however, there is a difference between “excuses” and “explanations” and as human beings we fall-we fail, we hurt-we harm, we fear-we fret, we suffer-we survive. Now that I am a mother I understand it "better by and by." I am far from perfect but strive each day to get it right and still I often miss the mark. Like my parents, I know that my son benefit from the blessings that were once my baggage.

I believe that I am the best of my parents, which includes their humor, wit, creativity, drive, work ethic, strength in the face of adversity and a love that surpasses all understanding.  From time to time, I wonder, "Why me?" Well, the story, "Advocating for a Black Girl," offer many answers to that question. I don't know if I would be as committed and concerned about the welfare of others if any part of my life were different. And since I will never know, I work hard on only looking back to see how far I've come.

For future" Condors" know that Curie Metro High School is a special place. You and your family have the ability to make it the type of school that you want and need it to be. Just as we, the class of 1988 did with the help of teachers who were also parents, thank you Mr. McCowan and for friends, who were also sisters, thank you Keeby McMillon.

I do not have "THE” solution or blue print when it comes to reclaiming our villages. That is why I appreciated the opportunities to teach and learn at the University of Illinois at Chicago over the past year. During my interview with Ms. O’Quinn I expressed my gratitude for the support of Dr. Alfred Tatum, Director of the UIC Reading Clinic and Associate Professor in the College of Education at UIC. Due to his vision and the scholarly contributions of Ms. Gholdy Muhammad, my Co-Leader of the first African American Adolescent Female Summer Literacy Institute and UIC doctoral student, Black girls were able to express through writing, their dreams, their challenges, their stories.

I am still overwhelmed by the calls, texts and e-mails in response to the article. Humbly I say that my former years served as the foundation of my faith. That I earned every degree with my full self-despite the odds stacked against me. And “Still I rise,” because my Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) is my "Blessed Assurance." My Masters of Science in Education (M.S.E.) is my Mercy, Salvation and Everlasting to Everlasting. And, my Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is unquestionably my Praise, Healing and Deliverance.

Take from my HerStory what is useful to you and pass on the rest.

Press Release: Summer Writing Program for Black Girls

June 24, 2010
Contact: Anne Brooks Ranallo, 312-355-2523, aranallo@uic.edu

A new summer writing program at the University of Illinois at Chicago will mentor African-American adolescent girls while giving researchers insights into the resources, practices, and spaces needed to improve literacy outcomes in schools.

The first African American Adolescent Female Summer Literacy Institute will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from June 29 through July 29 at the UIC College of Education.

Fifteen students ages 11 through 17 were selected from 135 applicants from 24 Chicago-area schools after a review of their writing samples on subjects like bonding among African-American girls, challenging stereotypes and media images, speaking up for themselves, and setting a good example.

The students will be assigned a reading list of 14 books by or about African-American women, including novels, short stories, poetry, autobiographies, self-help and children's books. Among the authors they will study are Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange and Sister Souljah.

The students will also read lyrics from popular music and scripts from television and movies such as "Precious," "The Color Purple," and "Imitation of Life."

Chicago-area African-American women writers will visit the class each week as role models and mentors. "The goal is to create a safe, culturally relevant, collaborative writing environment that can help us understand how they make and apply meaning to various forms of literacy," said Lynette Danley, UIC visiting assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.

We chose central themes of identity and culture, resiliency, advocacy and activism, and solidarity as a result of our research into how and why African-American girls and women have written historically," Danley said. Danley organized the program with education doctoral student Gholdy Muhammed after considering her own experience as a Chicago Public Schools student.

Click here to download entire article or visit UIC News Bureau online at http://www.news.uic.edu

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