Save the Date: Black Women's Blueprint Convenes at Spelman College
In April 2017 Black Women’s Blueprint will co-convene a conference in Atlanta, Georgia with the Women's Research and Resource Center at the historic Spelman College. This conference is to occur on the one year anniversary of the U.S. Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (BWTRC) which propelled the issue of Black women’s sexuality, sexual and reproductive violence to center stage in an outcry against racism, the erasure of Black women’s histories and contributions, and against patriarchy, misogyny and their consequences. The conference (to be titled) will honor Black feminists who've made it their life's work to create language to inform a practice of decolonizing and decommodifying the connections between Black women's power and pleasure, making these issues inherently racial justice concerns. Provocative both politically and sexually, the conference will offer inspiring accounts by a cross-section of women and girls in order to deconstruct patriarchal ideologies that women and girls are to be taught consistently and often violently, that their bodies are dirty, corrupting, imperfect, violable and volatile harbingers of disease and immorality. Engaging in work which centers Black women's traditions, various spiritualities as well as healing modalities, the conference will combine visioning workshops, panels, debates, art and interactive speakers committed to empowering and cultivating new generations of Black girls and young women equipped to practice revolutionary Black feminist politics.