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West Palm Beach to host Black Women Rise Conference in March
2017-01-27

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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 .


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