Boyd holds first Dear Little Girls conferenceBy BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,
Building off the success of last year’s women's conference, Taking Off the Mask, author Erica Boyd was back in her hometown of Indianola on Saturday to address matters plaguing a different age group, the 12 to 18-year-olds, during her first ever Dear Little Girls conference.
The symposium, aptly named after her second literary project, featured five guest presenters and was designed to deal with self-esteem issues—girls not knowing their self-worth, avoiding unhealthy relationships and friendships and instructing girls how to walk in their purpose.
Boyd said working to complete her first book, From Pieces to Peace, gave her an opportunity to reflect on her own childhood. “When I looked back and saw the little girl that I was, God revealed to me that I needed to reach back and help little girls that are going through the same things.”
Boyd said 60 girls registered for Saturday’s seminar and even though she declared that as a sign of success, she said, “Overall, I pray that they take away that Jesus is our only hope, like having a relationship with God is the only thing that is going to sustain us. I didn’t learn that until the age of 23, so I am hoping that they learn that early on so that they don’t have to make some of the same mistakes that I made,” said Boyd.
Saturday’s guest speakers included Philander Williams of Indianola, Khieston Tillford of Louisville, Kentucky, Alandria Lloyd from Louisiana, Kimberly Richard of Cleveland and Tamekia Clark of Greenville.