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Toni Cade Bambara Scholars/Writers/Activists Program

Toni Cade Bambara was the quintessential scholar-activist seeing no contradiction between her involvement in radical movements for Black liberation and women’s rights and the “intellectual” pursuits through her writings, production of new knowledge, and areas of research. Importantly, Bambara was a teacher. She taught writing and Afro-American studies in the academy at institutions like Spelman College, Emory University and Atlanta University.

Bambara was a deliberate writer and teacher. She aligned herself with the workers of the world and her writing reflected it. She described her work as that of a culture worker and she did it with conviction and fierce integrity. The faculty of the Women’s Research and Resource Center of Spelman College takes seriously the work of preparing the next generation of Black feminist scholar-activists that engage justice issues facing our society with conviction and fierce integrity. The Toni Cade Bambara Scholars/Writers/Activists Program will continue to honor Bambara by bringing community activists, students, and academics together to engage new ideas fight for social justice.

To celebrate her legacy, the Toni Cade Bambara Scholars/Writers/Activists Program will host several programs, lectures and activities.

16th Annual Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference

Saturday, March 25, 2017 to Saturday, March 25, 2017

Toni Cade Bambara ConferenceYOU ARE INVITED TO BE IGNITED

The Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College will host the 16th annual Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference from March 24-25, 2017.

“What can defeat greed, technological superiority, and legal lawlessness...
is discipline, consciousness, and unity.”
-- Toni Cade Bambara

Thinking Deep, Talking Loud & Acting Up

The conference embodies Toni Cade Bambara's commitment to the global struggle for human liberation by bringing students/youth, academics and community activists together in consciousness-raising and collective action toward positive social change.

“Year after year we’ve been able to motivate students to engage in creative ways to celebrate the life and legacy of one of our most important sheroes,” said Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center. “No one else remembers Toni Cade Bambara annually in the ways we do, and for that, I am sure the people she impacted for so many years, including me, are very grateful.” 

Selected Topics

  • Savoring Our Stories: Black Women’s Lives in the Archives
  • Activism at HBCUs: “Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions”
  • Queering Healthcare and Healing
  • Girlisms and Black Girl Power
  • #SpelQueer: The Truth of Queer Identities at Spelman
  • Strategic Solidarities from Palestine to Ferguson to Standing Rock
  • Who will Control Black Women’s Bodies? Reproductive Justice
  • Film Previews: The TCB School of Community Organizing

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