SOCIAL MEDIA, BLOGGING, and PODCASTING
We are now in the digital age. There is great potential for networking and communication with and about black women via social media. Why would I want to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram? Dr. Carla Carter will explain the differences. What’s blogging? Nationally known blogger Chanice Lee (The Melanin Diary) will walk us through why we, as black women and allies of black women, should be interested in blogging. What’s this podcasting? Musician/podcaster Nedra Johnson (The Wanted Podcast) will give you the low down. The presenters will demystify the basics of what it will take for you to jump into social media, write your own blog, create your own podcast, and will provide a list of interesting resources by black women for you to check out. Beginners and technophobes are welcome.
FINDING OUR FEMALE ROOTS: INTRO TO GENEALOGY
Join cultural anthropologist/family historian/author Dr. Delores M. Walters and high school senior Tionne Carson for an intergenerational, interactive introduction to using genealogy databases and DNA to research your ancestors, resolve mysteries, and share your discoveries – particularly about women whose survival and resilience in African American and other communities have influenced your personal and professional life choices.
SLAVERY AND SEXUALITY: RECLAIMING DIVERSE HISTORIES OF INTIMACY
Dr. Leslie Harris and Dr. Delores Walters will discuss the current state of historians’s knowledge about the ways in which enslaved people understood emotional expression and challenged racist assumptions about themselves and their families.
MOTHERS AGAINST MURDERERS
When someone dies in Palm Beach County by violence, the ripple effect of grief somehow, sooner or later, seems to wash up at Angela Williams' doorstep. She has lost multiple family members to murder in the years since she formed the Mothers Against Murderers Association (MAMA). Come for a discussion of how the group supports and counsels grieving mothers and, when they are ready, brings them to prisons to speak about the damage the murder has done to survivors - including children too young to remember a slain parent. MAMA also provides quality programs for youth that will turn them away from violent acts, including Golden Touch For Girls and Kids With Dreams Club.
STACEYANN CHIN: HOW NOT TO DO TO OTHERS WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO YOU
How do those of us raised in harsh conditions (and/or with people who are toxic) still somehow raise ourselves up to be empathetic good women? Where do we find the strength, the consciousness, the support? We’ll discuss these issues, along with the journey from being a young free spirit to being a nurturing adult without losing yourself, and the ways in which all of this applies to raising children and maintaining healthy relationships.
SAFETY FOR ALL: COMMUNITY & POLICE RELATIONS
There are few issues more contentious now than the relationship between police and citizens. How do regular folks even begin to fix this, beyond participating in protests? Retired Miami Police Captain Lillie Harris will lead a discussion about how we can proactively work with our local police departments to increase safety and communication while reducing brutality and fatal incidents. Let’s get to win/win/win by deliberately bringing together police, business, and especially community members.
#SAYHERNAME and #BLACKLIVESMATTER
The atrocious acts of police brutality have long plagued the black community. Now in the digital and technological age, we’re seeing in real time the murders that do take place.America is waking up to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but most of the outcry and public sympathy focuses on male victims – while murdered females are often left out of the picture completely.The notorious hanging death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail is but one in a long string of outrageous, heartbreaking examples of police brutality against black women. Today Florida activists Danielle Allen and Tifanny Burks will present an informative slideshow, after which we’ll discuss where #BLM is going, as well as how we can take a proactive role in getting justice specifically for black women who’ve been brutalized by corrupt law enforcement and corrections officers. This workshop includes the presentation and a restorative justice circle. We acknowledge what is happening within the community and where we go from here.
SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE BLACK CHURCH
Not something we're quick or happy to discuss. Rev. Dr. Charmayne Davis (board member of the Inner Truth Project) will lead a discussion on this delicate and difficult topic, and talk about the specifics of her advocacy work helping survivors of sexual and/or domestic abuse experienced within the Black Church setting. There comes a time when we must say, “NO MORE disrespect, NO MORE insults, NO MORE degradation, NO MORE abuse…. And NO MORE silence.”
KAREN WILLIAMS: HUMOR, HEALING, AND SELF-CARE FOR THE ACTIVIST
Humor is empowering! For social, political, and community activists, a sense of humor is vital. The power of humor lies in its ability to restore vitality, preserve sanity, strengthen self-identity, and reduce stress. With humor, our busy and complex lives become manageable and enJOYable. Come explore these concepts at this highly interactive workshop with theinternationally and nationally known comicKaren Williams, founder and CEO of the International Institute of Humor and Healing Arts, affectionately known as HaHA Institute.
FROM THE COURTROOM TRENCHES: RACISM AND SEXISM IN THE LAW
Sitting Judge Helen Whitener and her wife, Retired Command Sgt. Major and Attorney Lynn D. Rainey, will share personal observations from their work in the trenches as former prosecutors and defense attorneys. Judge Whitener will also pull no punches as she shares observations she has made since joining the Judiciary.
JEWELLE GOMEZ: VAMPIRE FICTION & THE LEGACY OF OCTAVIA BUTLER
Join award-winning author/playwright/civil rights activist Jewelle Gomez for an overview of black women writers in Afrofuturism and speculative fiction. In horror and science fiction, how can women writers shift the tired old paradigms? We’ll discuss Jewelle Gomez’s groundbreaking Gilda Stories, as well as the works of Octavia Butler. Why is Butler so important and respected? In what ways has her ominous Parable of the Sower become a multicultural touchstone? In Afrofuturism, women artists help us examine the past as we envision the future –and Octavia Butler is widely acknowledged as the queen of this genre.
ACTIVISM THROUGH MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS, AND PERFORMANCE
Black women have long used the arts as a tool for social justice activism. Join drummer Ubaka Hill, visual artist Laura Irene Wayne, and performance poet May Reign to explore your own ways of becoming a creative warrior. Many of us silence our own inner voice, but still yearn to express our desire for change in the world - this is your chance to break out of that shell.
LGBT ISSUES IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
Hard-won basic LGBT equality rights have been under constant attack from government officials – let’s review current status. How does this impact black women? How do black lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people find their footing when hostility and rejection come from not only the government, but also from within our own families and faith communities? How can allies best be found/empowered? Bring your questions and strategy suggestions. Facilitated by Nadine Smith (Equality Florida CEO).
BLACK WOMEN IN MAINSTREAM ELECTORAL POLITICS
Rousing discussion of the importance of black women as policy makers and change agents via participation in mainstream politics as candidates, voters, campaign workers, and community activists. Join this distinguished panel of black women who currently serve in – or have run for - elected office, including Pam Keith (candidate for U.S. House of Representatives), Dr. Debra Robinson (Palm Beach County school board), and Priscilla Taylor (former Florida state representative, former Palm Beach County Commissioner). Moderated by Paulette Armstead (candidate for Florida State House of Representatives). There will be Q&A and concrete advice for those who wish to run for office.
UBAKA HILL: ART & SPIRIT of DRUMMING WORKSHOP and DRUMSONG ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL
Women drummers and hand percussionists are welcome to learn and have fun in this drumming workshop. Participants will rehearse at least one song to perform with Ubaka as part of her Drumsong Orchestra at the Saturday night concert. Some loaner drums/hand percussion instruments will be available for women who did not bring their own. All skill levels, including beginners,are invited.
THE WAR ON WOMEN AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Join Sheree Anderson in an interactive discussion about the raging national War on Women, with Planned Parenthood frequently as the target and flashpoint. Topics include sexual health inequalities for women of color, and identifying ways to change these outcomes through education, advocacy, and access to services. Why do these inequities exist? How can we create paths to improving the odds for girls and women of color while becoming strong advocates for women’s health and choice? What’s the current status of sexuality education in Florida and what impact does it have on moving the needle towards better outcomes for all women?
HEALTH & FITNESS BREAK
This conference is intense. Come relax with yoga teacher Deborah Grant, who will walk us through some simple “yoga for the rest of us” techniques we can use at home to reduce stress, stay centered, improve balance and flexibility, and more. Discussion of black women’s health issues (including the unique stresses of being a caregiver) will be included, based on the interests and concerns of the participants.