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Are Urgent Agenda Items

Self-care and mental health are not buzzwords. They are signs of the robust discussions taking place on our jobs, in our homes, with family, and friends, and they are increasingly an urgent agenda item for businesses, nonprofits, healthcare, and educational institutions.

Let me inspire and inform your audience, group, or employees with lectures, presentations, and workshops focused on mental health and self-care. I have lectured and presented workshops on mental health in diverse settings, including John Hopkins Medical, Yale University, MIT, and The Kennedy School of Government.

My books The Strong Black Woman How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women and The New Black Woman Loves Herself Has Boundaries Heals Every Day have been embraced by readers as indispensable guides to health and healing. In The Strong Black Woman, I interviewed Black women, mental health professionals, doctors, and researchers and shared my own story of overcoming the toxic impact of The Strong Black Woman complex. The New Black Woman is an inspirational guide to how to start a sustainable practice of radical self-care.

I facilitate both virtual and live presentations on a variety of health and wellness topics including:

  • Challenging the Myth of The Strong Black Woman
  • Radical Self-care How to Heal Every Day
  • Writing Through the Storm: Journaling as an Act of Discovery
  • Yes, You Can Say No
  • You Must Be Well to Do Well

Or work with me to design the specific presentation you need.

I am the award-winning author of over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as a veteran teacher of writing, at universities that include Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, and Johns Hopkins.

My article in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, about African Americans and Alzheimer’s was one of the first to reveal the disproportionate impact of the disease on African Americans. I wrote about Alzheimer’s disease in my NAACP-Image award-nominated novel The Wide Circumference of Love and edited the anthology Us Against Alzheimer’s.

I’ve been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, interviewed on Tuesdays with Maria Shriver, and a question on Jeopardy! As a literary activist, I co-founded and am President Emerita of The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.

For information on bringing me to your organization send an inquiry to [email protected].


“This book is gonna save some sisters’ lives. Hallelujah!” ~ Patrice Gaines, author of Laughing in the Dark

“I have been waiting for a well-researched and thoughtful book that provides a deep look into the experiences of Black women. Marita Golden gives us that book. A book that will empower any man or woman reading it.” ~ Dr. Goldie Byrd, director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University

“The Strong Black Woman is a lifeline offering a prescription for health and well-being on multiple levels.” ~ Dr. April Massey, Dean University of the District of Columbia

“The New Black Woman is so important for Black Women today. I love this book because it gives Black women permission and tools to learn how to take better care of themselves, particularly in a world that discourages them from doing so. Marita Golden’s work is refreshing and enlightening, as it encourages more Black women to deeply know their worth and understand what self-care practices can look like. I’m so happy for more women to have this knowledge and these strategies.” ~ Dr. Amber Thornton, clinical psychologist specializing in motherhood mental health

“If ever there was a book for these times, for Black women, for Black people, and for all people of all races and genders, The Strong Black Woman is it.” ~ Charlayne Hunter-Gault, American civil rights activist, journalist, and former foreign correspondent for NPR, CNN, and PBS

“[Marita Golden] shares her story and stories of Black women to unpeel layers of complexities, traumas, grief, and closeted taboos, ranging from colorism and obesity to sexual assault. Golden creates a path for all those who heed her call to search for joy.” ~ Marilyn Holifield, senior partner at Holland & Knight LLP, cofounder of Miami MoCAAD

MIT Book Talk with Marita Golden

Superwoman Doesn’t Exist The Myth of the Strong Black Woman

Johns Hopkins Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity

Redefining Strength, Power, Health, and Healing

Tennessee Department of Health

Health Equity Book Series with Marita Golden

Interview on Tuesdays with Maria Shriver

Interviewed About Alzheimer's Disease

My Two-Book Curriculum for Self-care

More About Hiring Me for Speaking Engagements

I am available to present lectures, workshops, seminars, and classes for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and corporations on the following topics:

  • I Told My Story True: In my forty-year career I have written 22 books, among them novels, and memoirs, and I have edited three anthologies. As a writer in multiple genres, I discuss the ways in which those who have a story to tell can tell their story true.
  • You Must Be Well to Do Well: In The Strong Black Woman How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women and The New Black Women Loves Herself Has Boundaries and Heals Every Day I have created a two-book curriculum for self-care. I have spoken at Yale, MIT, and Johns Hopkins Medical among many venues on sustaining a practice of mental wellness.
  • Writing to Heal Writing workshops are among my most popular presentations. Audiences from corporate to educational find these  workshops offer satisfying personal and creative insights.

I also work with groups to customize and create offerings and presentations.

What audiences say:

In discussing her book, The Strong Black Woman Marita Golden provided a prescription for health and well-being on multiple levels.” ~ Dr. April Massey, Dean University of the District of Columbia

Marita Golden informed, inspired, and uplifted the audience with her knowledge and compassion.” ~ Dr. Goldie Byrd formerly Director of the Center for Outreach in Alzheimer’s Aging and Community Health at A&T University

Marita Golden challenged us to unbind the ties that hold us to society’s, as well as our own, misguided mythologies. There were tears, but there was also laughter, applause, and the lifting up of one another’s voices as Marita’s questions, exercises, and encouragement pointed each of us toward our own personal agency and healing.” ~ Erica Hector Vital-Lazare, Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Southern Nevada, Co-founder of The Obodo Collective

My Bio

I attended public schools in Washington, D.C. and graduated from American University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. I have been a faculty member in the MFA Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the MA Program in Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University and a Writer-in-Residence at the University of the District of Columbia and Prince George’s Community College.

My writing has taken me around the world to lecture and teach internationally, at universities in Israel, Turkey, and Spain. My work has been recognized with awards that include the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award presented by Poets and Writers, the Distinguished Service Award from the Authors Guild, the Maryland Author Award from the Association of Maryland Librarians, the Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and induction into the International Literary Hall of Fame of Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University.

I’ve written articles and essays that have been published in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Essence, and The Root.

I have discussed and read from my writing at over 80 colleges and universities, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia College, Medgar Evers College, Brandeis University, Bethune-Cookman University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Vanderbilt University.

As a literary activist, with Clyde McElvene, I cofounded the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation which has supported the international community of Black writers for three decades.