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Keep Black Love Alive – Spelman Women’s Research and Resource Center and chromatic black™ Sponsor Well-Being Advocacy Forum – Share a Spelman College Press Release




ATLANTA, June 23, 2022 –  Keep Black Love Alive: Black Women Defining a Healthy 21st Century is a national well-being advocacy call to action to address the health and wellness of communities of color across the country.

The first hybrid (in-person and virtual) forum will take place on from noon - 2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2022 at The Woodruff Arts Center located at 1280 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309.  Admission is free.

“We are seeding the future, bringing the genius of our community together to dream a world of optimal well-being for people, community, and planet,” says Abeni Bloodworth, writer and artist-activist, and co-founder of chromatic black™.

The first hybrid well-being advocacy forum will develop  an agenda around effective policy, but most importantly, further new ways of transforming our systems with racial equity and intergenerational well-being at the center. The forum will consider the historic and cultural representation of gender in policy and pop culture, as well as advance narrative and policy to catalyze transformative justice. 

Key conference speakers include the following women.
➢ Harriet A. Washington, medical ethicist, and author, of “Medical Apartheid,” winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction.
➢ Dr. Beverly Guy Sheftall, Director, Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center, and co-author "Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women's Equality in African American Communities.”
➢ Jewell Jackson McCabe, founding president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
➢ Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president, and chief executive officer, Morehouse School of Medicine

In addition, Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH president-elect, Spelman College, will deliver opening remarks.
 
“Since the 1970s, the national women’s studies movement has been one of the most transformative interdisciplinary projects in higher education, and Spelman has been at the forefront of that movement,” said Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center. “We are excited to join this new generation of voices for a conversation about the future of gender equity.”

Significantly, chromatic black™’s partnership with Spelman College’s Women’s Research and Resource Center grounds our movement in feminist scholarship to inform a shared analysis that promotes activism and impels social change. 

The Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman is the first of its kind at a historically Black college, and the first center to offer a women’s studies major. Over the course of its history, with sustained support from the Ford Foundation, the Center has established new courses that address issues of gender and race. 

Key findings from this forum will be presented during the week of the annual Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference this fall.

“Complex problems require complex solutions. Who better than us to birth a new world,” Anglea Harmon, co-founder and an Emmy-nominated storyteller, filmmaker and creative director chromatic black™.

About chromatic black™
chromatic black™ is a collective of 10,000+ Black artists - activists across a spectrum of creative disciplines.  We work across several platforms  – art, education, film, television, live and digital entertainment – to democratize STORY and  expand the national canon by accelerating the ideas and public impact of Black voices, including women.
chromatic black™ provides a cross discipline forum for artists to gather in-person and virtually to discuss the ways in which the creative sector might help mediate change and navigate the challenges of equity and racial injustice across an intersection of issue areas, hold change and collectively build cultural power. 

ABOUT SPELMAN COLLEGE
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 24 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 15th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and collaborations have been established with Johns Hopkins through the Vivian Thomas Scholars, IBM HBCU Center for Quantum Computing,  the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones.

To learn more, please visit spelman.edu and @spelmancollege on social media

 

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