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Mental health

The Black Impact: Colorism

Date & time
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Myrlie Marcelin


This event is free


CU Wellness


Jillian Ritchie



Facilitator Myrlie Marcelin

Colorism was a term coined in 1982 by the American novelist and activist Alice Walker to describe a form of racism experienced by darker-skinned people. Colorism or shadeism is discrimination or prejudice based on skin color. Whether you’ve experienced colorism or not, this workshop will provide you with an excellent overview of the negative impact of the one drop rule (one drop of black blood) and a history of how colorism was born from slavery. You'll learn about the mental health impacts of colorism, and get tools to advocate against colorism in your communities. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understanding how colorism was born from slavery and racism  
  • Gaining more awareness about the impact of skin color discrimination on light and dark-skinned Black people 
  • Learning strategies for identifying and navigating experiences of colorism 
Myrlie Marcelin

Facilitator: Myrlie Marcelin, Wellness counsellor

This event is part of:

The Black Impact

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