The first time I heard the phrase “Black Girl Magic” was during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio when Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas were showing the world just how amazing they are. I have always been obsessed with the summer Olympics despite having little interest in sports otherwise, and like millions of others, I was watching. It was so special to me to see these strong Black girls being so celebrated.
But Black Girl Magic had existed before that moment. Popularized by CaShawn Thompson in 2013, it’s a concept that celebrates Black girls and women persevering and stands against the negative stereotypes, misogynoir, and racism that we deal with on a regular basis.
In the book community, it’s also taken on a more literal stance. We have books with Black girls who have magic, are the heroes of their stories, and are inspiring in their own rights.