West Palm Beach, Florida will host the Black Women Rise ( BWR ) Conference March 17—18, 2017. The multigenerational, multicultural gathering of women will address issues of importance and interest to Black women and to antiracist women from all cultural backgrounds.
BWR programming will feature Dr. Angela Davis and a multigenerational panel of activists, "Women of the Harlem Renaissance" multimedia program, workshops and panels, a special networking lunch area for writers, meet-and-greet Happy Hours, drumming and night programming, all by women of African descent.
Among the many notable presenters are:
Keynote speaker Dr. Angela Y. Davis, internationally respected activist, writer, and scholar
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Dr. Yvonne Welbon
Novelist, screenwriter, and memoirist Dr. Tananarive Due
Dream Defenders organizer Jonel Edwards
Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith
Performance poet and educator Dr. Carla ( C.C. ) Carter
Hon. Judge Helen Whitener
Women from Planned Parenthood, SEIU, and more.
Evening programming will include "Sisters in Cinema" ( Black female filmmakers ), and a concert featuring acclaimed drummer Ubaka Hill & The Drumming Orchestra, comedienne Karen Williams and musician Nedra Johnson.
Breakout sessions are set to tackle a wide-range of political, social and cultural issues relating to the concerns of women of color, including #SayHerName and #BlackLivesMatter movements, The Color of Justice, Sexual Abuse in the Black Church, Black Women in Mainstream Politics, Black Speculative Fiction/Afrofuturism and LGBT Issues in the Black Community.
BWR will convene at the Embassy Suites Hotel near PBI airport. Registration and details are available through the conference website at www.blackwomenrise.net .