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Words of Fire Conference Program
April 28 - April 30th
Spelman College

Friday, April 28, 2017

5:00 - 6:00 P.M.     Altar-Building Ritual

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center Auditorium 

 

5:00 - 7:00 P.M.     Pre-Conference Registration

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center Lobby 

 

7:00 - 7:30 P.M.     Volunteer Orientation

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center Room 206 

6:00 - 7:00 PM       Feature Poetry Performance: "A Brewing Storm of Smallgirls Coming by Vangile Gantsho

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center Auditorium 

 
Saturday, April 29, 2017
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Registration 8:00 A.M - 3:00 P.M.  
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center Lobby 
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9:30 - 9:45 A.M.
The Opening
The Healing Drum Collective
Sevonna Brown, Birth Doula, The Black Women's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Location: Sisters Chapel

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Keynote Address

Gender-Justice in the Trump Era: Black Feminists, Womanists and Civil Rights Women Respond to The State of The Nation..

SPEAKERS:

Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Chair, Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College, Author, Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought

Farah Tanis, Co-Founder, Black Women’s Blueprint, Chair, Black Women's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault (2010-2016) 

9:45 A.M - 11:00 A.M.     

Opening Plenary

From National Black Feminist Organization to the Combahee River Collective; From Words of Fire to a Black Women's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault. 

IN DIALOGUE:

Michele Wallace, Founder, National Black Feminist Organization 

Margo Okazawa-Rey, Founding Member, Combahee River Collective 

Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Founder, #LoveWITHAccountability, Creator, No! The Rape Documentary

Ericka Dixon, Truth Commission and Policy Programs, Black Women's Blueprint

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Chair, Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman College, Author, Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought

Farah Tanis, Co-Founder, Black Women’s Blueprint, Chair, Black Women's Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sexual Assault (2016) 

Loretta Ross, Chair and Facilitator, Co-founder, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective   

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SPECIAL ALL DAY FEATURE
HBCU Women, Community Organizing, Advocacy and Electoral Politics

11:15 A.AM. - 5:00 PM

WELLSTONE ACTION: Community Organizing, Policy Advocacy and Electoral Politics on HBCUs (restricted to pre-registered participants. (Registration is Closed)

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Dialogues and Multilogues

11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.  

Black Girlhood in the Trump Era

PANELISTS:

Issachar Curbeon and Elizabeth Byne

Black girl’s games as a means of social innovation and political resistance

Carrie Morris

Black Barbie Dolls: The Racialization of Popular Culture Aesthetic Figures

Cinnamon Williams

Beyond Pregnancy/STI Prevention: Making Space for Bad Black Girls in Sex Ed. 

Patricia Lesesne

Shielding Black Girls' and Women's Bodies and Spirits in Public Schools

Lavon Morris, Panel Chair

The Little Girl: Healing from Childhood Sexual Trauma

11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.  

Black Feminst Struggles for Resistance and Black Feminist Geographies of African Diaspora

PANELISTS:

Al-Yasha Illhaam Williams

Bodily Integrity, Human Rights and Cultural Frameworks. 

Junetta Jamerson

Ain't No One Comin': Ingenuity and Self-Preservation in Rural Black Communities. 

M. Bahati Kuumba

Mapping the Transnational in African Women’s Activism: Uncharted Terrains of Struggle. 

Judite Blanc

From the myth of black intellectual inferiority to slut-shaming of Black women in science Why Haitian women are not. 

11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.     

Teach-Ins

Warrior Goddess: Transforming your Trauma into Triumph

Presenters: Faith Bynoe and Toni Lewis

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 103

  

Achieving Reproductive Justice through a Movement to End Violence Against Women

Presenters: SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 329

A Seat in the Waiting Room: Exploring How to Advocate for Your Sexual and Reproductive Health as a Same Gender-Loving Woman

Presenters: Krissy Leahy and La Ricca Young

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 104 

How to Create Civic Engagement Campaigns Using an Intersectional Gender Lens

Presenters: Malika Redmond and Carlandra Williams, Women Engaged

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 214

    

Our Bodies as Burial Grounds: Black Fat Bodies & Consent

Presenter: Ashleigh Shackleford

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 224 

    

A Legacy of Change: The Truth of Queer Identity at Spelman College

Presenter: Taryn Lee Crenshaw

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center LL28

   

Narrative Power and Fannie Lou Hamer

Presenter: Tameka Bell

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 219

Black Feminists Call In the Calling Out Culture

Presenter: Loretta Ross

Sister’s Chapel

    

Engaging Faith-Based Communities of Color in Sexual Violence Intervention

Presenter: Dr. Tyffani Dent, The Sisters of Tamar Support Circle Project

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 206

Womanly Moves: Identity, Masks, and Rebirth in West African Dance

Presenter: Heike Currie

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center LL 29  

Dialogues and Multilogues

 

12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Breaking Silences Around Heteropatriarchy and Gender Based Violence 

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center LL31

PANELISTS:

Mariah Webber

We Don't Love These Hoes: Exploring Misogynoir and Black Male Patriarchy Through Sexual Double Standards  

Itane' Coleman

To Be Black, Female, and Already Dead: Black Women, Discourses on Value, and Disposability

Eva Dickerson

New Imaginings for Justice: Gender-Based Violence and Policy Change in the fight against State-Sanctioned Violence 

Kelisa Wing

Overcoming Obstacles, Pursuing Success

Shannon Murdoch, Panel Chair

Do Work: Practical Tools for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

Outside the Medical and Mental Health Model: Reclaiming our Bodies, Community, Culture and Spirituality

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center LL27

PANELISTS: 

Teisha Parchment

Reclaiming our Bodies, Community, Culture and Spirituality

Salaam Green

Mother, May I Heal: Body Healing Through the Lens of our Mothers

Karen Rose

Reclaiming the Medicine of our Ancestors

Danielle Knox and Alexis McKinney

Black Minds Matter: Psychological Costs of Activism in the age of Twitter

Lindsey Lunsford, Panel Chair

Motherhood of Medicine: Exposing the True Roots of Modern Gynecological Medicine

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

Critical Perspectives on Prison, Prostitution and Poverty in the Lives of Black Women

PANELISTS:

Tiera Tanklsey

“They Steady Tryin, But They Can’t Break Us”: Critical Perspectives on Prison, Prostitution and Poverty in the Lives of Black Women

Keeona Harris

Everybody Survived, but Nobody Survived: A Black Feminist Ethnography on Motherhood and Mass Incarceration

Andrea J. Ritchie

Recognizing and Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women

Shannon Murdoch

Do Work: Practical Tools for the Prevention of Violence Against Women

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.      

CONCURRENT TEACH-INS  

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

#JaggedJusticeL Connecting the Dots Between the Work I do and Who I am - After All, “Ain’t I a a Woman Too?”

Presenter(s): Women of Color Network

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.  

Movement Work: How to Fight for Liberation without Hurting Others and Ourselves

Presenter(s): Ericka Dixon

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

RePurpose, ReDefine and Re Align YOUR life

Presenter(s): Rasheena Perry

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

SelfCare After a Fuhk Boi: The role of Liberation Theology and Healing from Trauma Through an Emotional Justice Lens

Presenter(s): Ain Ealey

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

Empowerment and Healing Through Drumming

Presenter(s): M. Ndigo Washington

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

Restoring Black Latina Bodies: Culturally Specific Healing for All Black Women

Presenter(s): Lori Robinson

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

Poly 101: Releasing the Stigma

Presenter(s): Renair Amin

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

Parenting for Liberation and Parenting Emerging Sons

Presenter(s): Trina Greene Brown, Move to End Violence

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

Black women’s liberation, and the politics of individualism and collectivism in a postcolonial society

Presenter(s):Stephanie Croney, Nnennaya Amuchie

 

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.    

Reimagining FatBlackFemme Futures

Presenter(s): Brienne Colston

 

 

12:30- 1:30 P.M.    

Forever Underground: Unearthing the Historical and Structural Dimensions of Violence Prevention in Black Communities

Presenter(s): Farah Tanis

 

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.

Yoruba, Drumming and Girls Rites of Passage

Presenter(s): Heike

 

1:30 – 1:45 P.M  BREAK

 

1:45 - 2:45 P.M.      

CONCURRENT TEACH-INS  

 

1:45 - 2:45 P.M.    

From Recy Taylor to Latesha Clay: Racialized Implications of Current Discourse around Prostitution and the Commercial Sex Trade and the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline

Presenter(s): Maheen Kaleem

1:45 - 2:45 P.M.     

What's cooking in your "Chitlin' Circuit"?

Presenter(s): Michelle Meggs

1:45 - 2:45 P.M.      

I Will Tell If You Don't: Sexual Harassment and HBCUs

Presenter(s): Taylor Matthews

 

1:45 - 2:45 P.M.     

Name Your Chains & Set YOURSELF Free

Presenter(s): Ericka Totten

 

1:45 - 2:45 P.M.     

Engaging Communities and Stakeholders to Ensure Access to Safe, Compassionate Care and Justice for all Survivors

Speakers: Georgia Coalition Against Sexual Assault

1:45 - 2:45 P.M.    

Mammy, Jezebel and Everyone in Between: Rewriting Racial and Sexual Narratives

Presenter(s):Janesta Edmonds

 

1:45- 2:45 P.M.    

Woman, Coalition, Blackness, and Capital: Lessons from the  

Combahee River Collective

Presenter(s): Treva Ellison

 

1:45- 2:45 P.M.    

Afro Futuro: Redefining Beauty in the Image of the Black Woman

Presenter(s): Shaina Simmons

 

1:45- 2:45 P.M.    

Black Feminists Call In the Calling Out Culture

Presenter(s): Loretta Ross

 

1:45- 2:45 P.M.    

Escaping the Crooked Room: Redefining Authentic Leadership

Presenter(s): Kalia Harris

 

1:45- 2:45 P.M.    

A Black Feminist Investigative Praxis: Recovering 11,000 Forgotten Rape Kits

Presenter(s): Enough SAID: Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit

 

1:45  - 2:45 P.M.    

Queering Radical Black Love

Presenter(s): Ericka Hart

 

1:45  - 2:45 P.M.    

The Role of Vodun in Black Women’s Revolutions

Presenter(s): Sherley Accime

 

2:45 – 3:00 P.M    BREAK

 

3:00 P.M          Keynote Address

SPEAKER:    

Neil Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape

 

3:20 P.M.      

 

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6:30 - 9:30 P.M.    

A Praise Song for Black Feminists Gala Reception. 

The Floyd Room

Join Us in A Praise Song for Black Feminists We Honor The Contributors to Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought


The first major anthology to trace the development, from the early 1800s to the present, of black feminist thought in the United States, Words of Fire is Beverly Guy-Sheftall’s comprehensive collection of writings, in the feminist tradition, of more than sixty African American women. From the pioneering work of abolitionist Maria Miller Stewart and anti-lynching crusader Ida Wells-Barnett to the writings of contemporary feminist critics Michele Wallace and bell hooks, black women have been writing about the multiple jeopardies—racism, sexism, and classism—that have made it imperative for them to forge a brand of feminism uniquely their own.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A Words of Fire Sunday: Gender, Counterdiscourse and Bringing All Women Into The Core 

9:00 - 10:30 AM    

Opening Plenary

Cis-Ta 2 Sistah: Building Solidarity and Cistahood between Transgender and Cisgender Women of Color

Speakers: Trans Sistas of Color Project/Detroit

 

10: 30 AM - 12:30 PM   
Black Feminists in Deliberative Dialogue
: 30 Honorees to Gather with Community

Facilitator: Yolande Tomlinson, Esq. USHRN, Praise Song Host Committee

 

Whether in moments of triumph or of despair, women across the African Diaspora have always understood when it is time to reach for our prophets and seers as well as our teachers and advisors. In this tremendous political moment, never has there been such a time to reach for Black feminist activists.  We invite you to talk with us on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:30pm in community, and with those of us seeking Black feminist wisdom and a sustainable mandate for truth, justice, healing, liberation and reconciliation so we can move brilliantly in the future.  Sunday morning, we invite you to witness and participate in the Black Feminists Call and Response through womanist and Black feminist Sermonettes. This dialogue will remaster continued call to action for the liberation of Black women and girls through a sermonic deliberative dialogue. We will set a mandate and a revival for both our intellectual and movement work moving forward, as well as the the thought leadership and critical analysis that will set the tone for a new praxis of Black feminism re-membered. Words of Fire is the catalyst for this mandate which reflects not only our survivorship, but our lived contexts at the intersections of race, sex, gender, class, ritual, spirit, education, and sexuality. Survival is what Audre Lorde calls “a now that can breed futures/like bread in our children’s mouths/so their dreams will not reflect the death of ours.” Bear witness to this breakthrough live, in action at the Words of Fire Conference.