Don’t Touch My Hair: crowning glory, power and identity


Charting the cultural history and symbolism of Afro-textured hair, Emma Dabiri’s work sweeps from pre-colonial Africa to the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian’s braids, showing how black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation. Her message? Black hair matters.

Listed as one of the BBC’s Broadcasting Stars of the Future 2017, Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer.

Emma will be in conversation with Greenbelt trustee Chine McDonald.

Emma Dabiri