‘We are powerful’: African-American girls channel royalty from ‘Black Panther’ at Madison event | Politics and Elec…

Angela Byars-Winston is a tenured professor, a recipient of the White House “Champion of Change” award and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2014 Outstanding Woman of Color award.

She’s also not afraid to play dress-up to make her point.

On Monday morning, in front of a crowd of about 70 middle-school African-American girls, she placed a tiara (borrowed from her 7-year-old daughter) on her head.

“Let’s talk queendom,” she said.

Her talk, which channeled the themes of royalty from the movie “Black Panther,” was full of affirmation for the African-American girls in the audience. Its message was emphasized by the sparkling crown on Byars-Winston’s head: be you, and be confident.

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