The Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible discussion and book signing by authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene was one of the many great events I found on Eventbrite -- in London during Black History Month. The event was hosted on October 10, 2018 at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London.
The authors discussed their backgrounds and what motivated them to write the book. They also discussed the breadth of the book itself and the impact it’s had.
“Yomi and Elizabeth’s inspirational and practical life guide looks at everything from education to dating, health and money, and the many challenges still facing black women today. Full of insight from their own lives and interviews with key figures, Slay in Your Lane is a must-read for a new generation of black leaders.” - The Black History Month Magazine
The discussion was followed by Q&A and book signings.
During the event, I was struck most by the level of success both women achieved simply by focusing on their area of strength and working together toward a common goal. This is such a simple, yet effective tool for success and very appropriately displayed the wisdom of their book title: slay in your lane.
I believe the real magic between beings comes in working together as one (when two become one, etc…). It’s both the Magic and the natural way of creation.
Many women, especially black women, take on various roles, are multi-talented, and may not feel that they have just one lane. However, I learned that with respect to another, we all have a lane.
Just because one can doesn't mean she must or should. - Yaa Aba
In working with another, it’s wise for us to understand and define what our lane is . . . so that we might work together as one . . . and create more Magic. U-N-I-T-Y (Umoja).
This was such a beautifully meaningful event to attend during Black History Month in the UK.
Bonus - I also met a young sister from the US at the event whose father is a professor at my alma mater, Howard University School of Law. And we also identified that we had a common acquaintance in London (someone I met during my initial visit to London at London Fashion Week and who I featured on my blog post here)! Small, beautiful world.
Happy Black History Month (UK)!