October 23, 2008

Speaking truth

The Feminist Majority Foundation and the Bennett College for Women have collaborated to bring you this year’s two-day conference DEFINE THIS! YOUNG WOMEN OF COLOR CREATING CHANGE in Greensboro, NC. This is the second annual Women of Color Conference.

As black feminist scholar, Patricia Hill Collins, outlines in Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, black womens’ oppression has taken on three interrelated dimensions of marginalization and oppression: economic exploitation, political exploitation and controlling images that promote and solidify negative stereotypes.

In the spirit and tradition of Black Feminist Thought, the conference creates the space for women to define themselves, speak their truth and shape consciousness.  Feminist ideology does not seek to merely study and discuss the experiences of women but seeks to transform and empower.  This is praxis.  It’s not just about women, it’s FOR women.  It’s for women to utilize in the alchemy of change personally and politically.

In a culture laden with constructed images generated by the mass media engine, the space to define one’s own experiences and transform those definitions into cultural dialogue, self-defined imagery and action is nothing short of revolutionary.

For complete details on the conference, click here.