Khristi L. Adams

"I write for young girls of color, for girls who don't even exist yet, so that there is something there for them when they arrive. I can only change how they live, not how they think." 

– Ntozake Shange

Khristi Lauren Adams is a speaker, author, youth advocate and ordained Baptist minister.  Khristi is the author of Parable of the Brown Girl which is published by Fortress Press and released February 2020. The book highlights the cultural and spiritual truths that emerge from the lives of young black girls. Parable of the Brown Girl has received awards for Best Young Adult Book from The African American Literary Awards and the New York Black Librarians Caucus. She is currently working on her next book, Unbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way. (Spring, 2022) with Broadleaf Books and a middle grade version of the book with Beaming Books. She works as Dean of Spiritual Life & Equity at the Hill School. Khristi is also an instructor of Religious Studies at the Hill School. She is the Founder & Director of “The Becoming Conference”, an annual conference and leadership cohort designed to empower, educate & inspire girls between the ages of 13-18. Khristi is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in Advertising and a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where she obtained a Master of Divinity degree. Khristi is an alum of the 2017 class of Lead New Jersey, a select group of fellows participating in a year-long program designed to educate, transform, and empower the next generation of leaders from the public, social, and private sectors. She also currently sits on the advisory board for Word Made Flesh, a non-profit organization existing to serve among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor.


  1. Ms Adams,
    I just read your article which I throughly appreciated. I like the message you are sharing for Black women to hear — that’s it’s alright to make decision for and about your own mental health. I emotionally connected with Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka when they both decided to take a “time out!” I am the mother of a brilliant 37 year old daughter. Your article is a good reminder for Black mother’s. We can pray and listen to our girls without being compelled to share all of the negative consequences of standing up for your whole self. Thank you. I would like to post your article the Women’s Ministry website at my church. I do I gain your permission?


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