Biennial African/African American Studies Conference is April 2-3

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold its third Biennial African/African American Studies Conference on April 2-3, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Campus Center's main auditorium. Parking is available in lots 4 and 5. The conference entitled, "Women of African Descent: At the Heart of the Struggle," will focus on the contributions of black women in the struggle for liberation, justice, equality, and human dignity. The event is dedicated to the late Professor Gloria Waite who was an esteemed history department faculty member

March 22, 2002
 
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold its third Biennial African/African American Studies Conference on April 2-3, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Campus Center’s main auditorium. Parking is available in lots 4 and 5. The conference entitled, Women of African Descent: At the Heart of the Struggle, will focus on the contributions of black women in the struggle for liberation, justice, equality, and human dignity. The event is dedicated to the late Professor Gloria Waite who was an esteemed history department faculty member.
 
Roberta Edwards and Dr. Johnnetta Cole are keynote speakers. Edwards is the former chief administrative officer for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and a staunch civil rights advocate committed to eliminating discrimination in the workplace. Cole is the former president of Spelman College and recently retired presidential distinquished professor of anthropology at Emory University. She has a long history of activism and scholarship regarding the struggles of women of color.
 
The conference will also feature several panel presentations on topics including, Spirituality and Religion, Raising Strong Black Children, Women in Government and Public Policy, and Women Supporting Women in the Struggle. 
 
On Tuesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m., A Celebration of Community Women of African Descent, will be held at the UMass Star Store Gallery in downtown New Bedford. The gallery is located on 715 Purchase Street. Several women who have made significant contributions to the community will be recognized at the event. Recipients include June M. Pina, Erin Almeida-Rose, Bernadette Souza, Lucille Goodine, Leonora Whyte, Latisha Silva, and Women in the Kitchen House of Prayer.
 
Registration costs $40. The fee includes all sessions, performances, receptions, and luncheons. Registration forms may be accessed at www.umassd.edu/aaaconference or by calling (508) 999-8705.

 


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