Alumni Ink: Skin Like Mine

Does the color of your skin make a difference? Do you love the skin you're in?

By Michelle Valigursky
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Skin Like Mine explores the intricacies of intraracism in the African American community through the story of a 10-year-old girl, Brittany Baker. Loosely based on Tiffany Elle Burgess' 02PH experiences as a child, the reader is introduced to Brittany, a happy-go-lucky girl who has a style of her own and thoroughly enjoys tap-dancing and spending quality time with her family. After her father accepts a new job, Brittany and her family move to Georgia from Illinois. This means a new school and an opportunity to make new friends for Brittany….or does it?

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Everything is going well for Brittany until she meets a group of kids at the after school program. For the first time in her life, young Brittany begins to question her appearance.

Skin Like Mine describes Brittany’s courageous journey from self-doubt to self-love. Short enough to retain the attention of an 8-year-old child yet impactful enough to inspire a 12-year-old preteen, Skin Like Mine will speak to anyone, regardless of race, sex, or ethnicity, who has ever struggled to love the skin they are in!

Editor’s Note: Read the reader reviews for Skin Like Mine here. Catch up with the author on her website and on Facebook. Burgess and other Emory alumni authors are part of the growing Emory Alumni Creative community. Emory University strives to provide a welcoming, diverse and inclusive campus as an essential part of a community of academic excellence. Read more about diversity at Emory.