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The Toni Cade Bambara Conference

Toni Cade BambaraThe Scholar-Activism Conference happens biennially in March during Women’s History Month on or near Bambara’s birthday. It is both a celebration of her audacious body of work on behalf of Black people and gives students the opportunity to set the conference agenda, take charge of conference logistics, present scholarly work, and hear from scholar-activists in and outside of the Atlanta University Center.

Conceived in the year 2000 by M. Bahati Kuumba, Ph.D., comparative women's studies professor and associate director of the Women's Research and Resource Center, it was to be a culmination of the existing Toni Cade Bambara Scholars/Writers/Activists Program. This pre-existing year-long program engaged students from a range of majors with Black feminist scholar-activists on national and international levels.

The execution of the conference was the brainchild of comparative women’s studies major Malika Redmond, C’2002, to ensure both content and logistic are managed by students. The first event was in 2001, and now more than a decade later, the conference opens with a celebration of the life of Toni Cade Bambara with words from friends and colleagues, and Spelman students perform and give words of appreciation for Bambara's Black feminist legacy.

“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.”

The two-day conference also features paper presentations, workshops and performance pieces that delve into dimensions of Black/African women’s lives, scholarship and social change activism.

"The conference brings awareness to issues related to women of African descent and women of color who have been actively engaged in using their knowledge and organizational skills to forward social justice," said Dr. Kuumba.

17th Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference

Friday, March 22, 2019 to Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • Women's Research and Resource Center

Toni Cade Bambara ConferenceYOU ARE INVITED TO BE IGNITED

The Women's Research and Resource Center at Spelman College will host the 17th Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference from March 22-23, 2019.

Practicing Our Politics: Black Women Making Revolution Irresistible

This gathering of scholar-activists embodies Toni Cade Bambara’s radical black feminist commitment to the struggle for social justice & human liberation by bringing students/youth, academics, and community activists together in consciousness-raising and collective action towards positive social change.

6 p.m. | Registration
6:30 p.m. | Gallery Walk with the Curator Museum Tour
7 p.m. | Opening Celebration: Toni Cade's Liberation Lessons
8:30 p.m. | Reception

10 a.m. | Registration, Exhibitions & Eats
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Plenary: The Archive of Black Women’s Memories
12:20 - 1:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions (A)
2 - 3:15 p.m. | Liberation Luncheon
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions (B)
5 - 6 p.m. | Film: "I, A Black Woman, Resist"
6 - 6:30 p.m. | A Call to Action

Presentations, Panels, Workshops & Skill-Shares

"The Archive of Black Women’s Memories”
“To Touch & Unify: The Community-Making of Toni Cade Bambara”
“Queering Girlhood”
“Reclaiming Our Bodies: Decolonizing the Post-Traumatic Slave Diet”
“The Sexuality, Spirituality & Visibility of LGBTQI African Diasporan Women”
Reproductive Justice 101: Who will Control Black Women’s Bodies?
The Art of Arts Writing & other Feminist Processes

There will be a mini film festival featuring “I, A BLACK WOMAN, RESIST," powered by Free Southern Media, and featuring an interview with Erica L. Williams, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Spelman College.
I A Black Woman Resist

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