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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Hair Braiders at Work

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Two school boys plait the hair of a school girl in Kijabe, Kenya.

This shot is priceless! Oh, to see this scene on an American playground or park with African-American girls and boys. We not only need to pass down this African tradition of hair braiding to our girls, let's teach our boys to do it too! Think of the value this would add to the lives of little girls who would have the privilege of getting their hair braided (plaited) by their brothers and fathers.

Talk about the love of a brother!

Photo Source: Africa Knows

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it, love it, love it!

Teaching our girls and boys to love the hair God gave us.

Shalom,
Marilyn

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Marilyn,

It not only teaches them to love the hair that God gave them, it teaches them how to nurture and care for each other. When was the last time you saw a boy child braiding a girl child's hair? I don't think I've EVER seen this. It's great thing to teach our children. Also, hair braiding is an art!

Thanks for commenting!
Alicia

Joshua Wanyama said...

Great point Alicia. Thanks for using the shot.

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Joshua,
I can't tell you how uplifting this picture is for me.
Eveytime I think about it, I smile.
Did you take this gorgeous picture?

Anonymous said...

Look at the smile on her amd her brothers face. It's not just for the camera.



MaDear

Anonymous said...

Great picture.
Braiding is part of the socialisation process in the continent.
One gets to learn so many useful things that way.
No more in usa? Well this is where communal effort can help.
Mymy

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Mymy,
I LOVE this photo. It teaches so much without using any words,doesn't it. I can understand how braiding would be part of the socialization process in Africa. I think we've gone through periods when we cherish it here. We need a rebirth of that love for hair braiding. I am committed to teaching my daughter how to do it. Maybe I'll pick out a young boy child and teach him as well. Maybe it'll start a movement!
:-)
Thanks for your commenting and sharing your knowledge.
Alicia

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

MaDear,
They all seem to be VERY happy about it!
Alicia