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HER DREAM DEFERRED 2024

A WEEK ON THE STATUS OF BLACK WOMEN

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2024 | 12:00 PM EST

VISION: America's Tug of War for Racial Equality

The Ida B. Wells Symposium at Columbia University’s School of Journalism will begin with a keynote from AAPF Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw will be in conversation with journalist and author of The 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones in a panel discussion, VISION: America's Tug of War for Racial Equality, moderated by Errin Haines, editor at large at 19th News at 12:00PM ET. This panel will explore the concept of inequality and injustice, asking ourselves: Is America taking steps away from a more equal and just society? Are we going backward? Or is this just the organic ebb and flow on a linear path toward equality?  Starting at 8:00PM ET, AAPF will broadcast the recording of the opening keynote for those that were unable to attend in person.

 

Columbia University’s School of Journalism is commemorating the life of Ida B. Wells on March 25th with their inaugural Ida B. Wells Symposium at Columbia Journalism School. This event will bring together distinguished journalists, scholars, Columbia Journalism School alums, faculty, students, and other practitioners to explore the ongoing opportunities and challenges of representation, inclusion, and equity in the journalism industry. The symposium will feature a day of panels focused on Ida B. Wells’ legacy, the status of journalism today featuring friends of AAPF such as Paula Giddings, Joy Ann Reid, and Soledad O’Brien.

Guests include:

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.  She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses in their doctoral program. She is currently President of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).

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Errin Haines

MODERATOR

Editor-At-Large, 19th News

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.  She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses in their doctoral program. She is currently President of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).

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Kimberlé Crenshaw

SPEAKER

Co-Founder & Executive Director, AAPF

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.  She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses in their doctoral program. She is currently President of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).

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Nikole Hannah-Jones

SPEAKER

Journalist & Author, 1619 Proect

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TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2024 | 8:00 PM EST

#SayHerName: Black Women’s Stories of Police Violence and Public Silence - An Advocacy-Based Book Club

Join AAPF and the #SayHerName Mothers Network on Tuesday, March 26th at 8PM ET for a special screening of an excerpt from our #SayHerName book tour stop at the Free Library of Philadelphia, followed by a live artivism and advocacy conversation to be moderated by AAPF Artist-in-Residence, Abby Dobson. The conversation will feature members of the #SayHerName Mothers Network Gina Best, Valarie Carey, Ashley Carr, Rhonda Dormeus, Shante Needham, Tamika Palmer, Chelsie Rubin, Debra Shirley, and Sharon Wilkerson

 

Don’t forget to RSVP to reserve your spot!

 

More about the book: 

#SayHerName: Black Women’s Stories of Police Violence and Public SIlence, co-authored by Kimberle Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum, is a culmination of nearly 10 years of research highlighting the specter of violence and silence surrounding the police killings of Black women. The book includes personal anecdotes from the #SayHerName Mothers network about the memories they have of their daughters lost to police violence.

Guests include:

Kimberlé Crenshaw is a Professor of Law at Columbia University and UCLA, as well as the Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum and Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies. She coined the term intersectionality. Intersectionality was formed as a framework to understand how certain groups of marginalized people are rendered invisible through the intersection of multiple forms of oppression, particularly Black women.

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Rosalyn Coleman

SPEAKER

Actor

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is is founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.  She is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses in their doctoral program. She is currently President of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).

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Abby Dobson

MODERATOR

Artist-In-Residence, AAPF

Cathy Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Cathy’s work focuses on topics like the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Black feminism and queer politics. Cathy is known for her seminal work arguing for an intersectional approach to queer politics and organizing. She is a founding board member of the Audre Lorde project in New York City.

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Kim Yancey

SPEAKER

Actor

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2024 | 8:00 PM EST

In the Bullseye of the Backlash: Black Women in Defense of Themselves

This special Under the Blacklight episode, In the Bullseye of the Backlash: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, will focus on how Black women have found themselves as the most visible targets of the “war on woke.”  This panel moderated by Kirsten West Savali will bring together Black women from a variety of sectors to not only sound the alarm about Black women’s vulnerability to these attacks in the war on woke, how we should see this as part of long-term efforts to undermine Black women’s place in society as part of a larger assault on civil rights and democracy. Our speakers Karen Attiah, Jeanell English, Janel George, and Katrina Gipson will draw from historical efforts Black women have always taken up to defend ourselves and our communities. 

 

While the anti-woke backlash against literature, ideas and social justice infrastructure has impacted a variety of communities, it is becoming more evident that Black women are often the most visible targets of this onslaught. This disturbing trend can be seen from the continued attacks on the intellectual integrity of Black women, the lawsuit filed against the Fearless Fund, run by and for Black women, and the exodus of Black women from high-profile DEI positions in entertainment and media. Twenty-one states have introduced and nine have passed legislation to roll back DEI initiatives that have led to Black women’s inclusion in a variety of sectors of society. And these attacks only intensified after the crucial voting cohesion of Black women were seen as being central to the Democratic victory in 2020. 

 

This panel will bring together Black women from a variety of sectors to not only sound the alarm about Black women’s vulnerability to these attacks in the war on woke, how we should see this as part of long-term efforts to undermine Black women’s place in society as part of a larger assault on civil rights and democracy. The panel will draw from historical efforts Black women have always taken up to defend ourselves and our communities.

Guests include:

Awoye Timpo is a New York-based performing arts director and producer. Her work with AAPF includes development of the play Say Her Name: The Lives That Should Have Been. Awoye’s New York credits include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, Atlantic Theater Company, the National Black Theater and the Public Theater. Regionally she has directed at Studio Theatre (DC), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven) and Berkeley Rep. Her work has also been seen in Edinburgh and Johannesburg. Awoye works as a Creative Director for music events and is a Producer of CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.

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Kirsten West Savali

MODERATOR

VP, Content, iOne Digital - 

an Urban One company

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Karen Attiah

SPEAKER

Columinist, The Washington Post

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Jeanell English

SPEAKER

Founder, Elizabeth

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Janel George

SPEAKER

Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Katrina Gipson

SPEAKER

Assistant Professor - Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Diana Grenne

SPEAKER

CEO, Children's Literacy Initiative

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THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2024 | 8:00 PM EST

You Carry The Dream: Reclaiming Rest and Resilience

Black women have been fighting through an ongoing health pandemic, dehumanizing attacks in the media, all while we continue to struggle to maintain our dignity in the workplace and attempt to create moments of ease and fulfillment. As we strive to find harmony in providing for our families while finding time for ourselves, many Black women report feelings of fatigue – mental and physical exhaustion. In this special convening, AAPF will bring together a group of Black women wellness experts committed to helping us learn how to reclaim rest and garner new tools to foster resilience collectively. During this fourth iteration of our annual HDD self-care event, we will reflect on these words by author Tracy Hershey, “Treating each other and ourselves with care isn’t a luxury, but an absolute necessity if we’re going to thrive. Resting isn’t an afterthought, but a basic part of being human.” How do we reclaim rest and resilience in the context of historical trauma and racial retrenchment as well as the basic duties of everyday life?

Guests include:

Awoye Timpo is a New York-based performing arts director and producer. Her work with AAPF includes development of the play Say Her Name: The Lives That Should Have Been. Awoye’s New York credits include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, Atlantic Theater Company, the National Black Theater and the Public Theater. Regionally she has directed at Studio Theatre (DC), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven) and Berkeley Rep. Her work has also been seen in Edinburgh and Johannesburg. Awoye works as a Creative Director for music events and is a Producer of CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.

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Shermena M. Nelson

HOST

Chief of Staff/Director of Programs & Community Engagement, AAPF

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Dr. Venus Evans-Winters

HOST

Coordinator - Black Girls Initiatives Research, AAPF

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Awoye Timbo

HOST

Performing Arts Director & Producer/Creative Director

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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 Jasmine Bowie

SPEAKER

 Founder, Zola Indlu

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Dr. Shawna Murray Browne

SPEAKER

 Principal Consultant, Kindred Wellness LLC

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Abby Dobson

SPEAKER

Aritst-In-Residence, AAPF

Practitioners

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Anana Harris Parris

SPEAKER

Founder & CEO, Self Care Agency, LLC

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Gina Loring

SPEAKER

Poet Laureate, AAPF

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Imani Samuels

SPEAKER

Founder, HURU

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024 | 11:00 AM EST

Youth Leadership Summit: Girls & Women Reading and Leading Through Resistance

Hosted by AAPF’s Young Scholars Program, Her Dream Deferred will close with our Youth Leadership Summit: Girls & Women Reading and Leading Through Resistance. This program is a day of research, artivism, and fellowship for the next generation of feminist activists, scholars, and leaders. Leadership workshops, working groups, and data collection will help students build the background necessary for a youth-led reading circle that can be held in NYC schools, clubs, and universities. Our workshop leaders and discussants include AAPF Artists in Residence Abby Dobson, Gina Loring, and Dina Wright Joseph; author of American Street and Black Enough, Ibi Zoboi; and our own Young Scholars Program researchers. *Youth Leadership Summit participants will also be invited to a private screening and talk-back of the 2024 Sundance Award-winning film Daughters with co-director Angela Patton and Girls for A Change, which was recently procured by Netflix.

Guests include:

Awoye Timpo is a New York-based performing arts director and producer. Her work with AAPF includes development of the play Say Her Name: The Lives That Should Have Been. Awoye’s New York credits include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, Atlantic Theater Company, the National Black Theater and the Public Theater. Regionally she has directed at Studio Theatre (DC), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven) and Berkeley Rep. Her work has also been seen in Edinburgh and Johannesburg. Awoye works as a Creative Director for music events and is a Producer of CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.

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Dr. Venus Evans-Winters

MODERATOR

Coordinator - Black Girls Initiatives Research, AAPF

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Abby Dobson

WORKSHOP LEADER

Aritst-In-Residence, AAPF

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Gina Loring

WORKSHOP LEADER

Poet Laureate, AAPF

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Dina Wright Joseph

WORKSHOP LEADER

Artist-In-Residence & Artivist, AAPF

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Ibi Zoboi

WORKSHOP LEADER

Author, American Street

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024 | 6:00 PM EST

Sreening - Daughters (2024)

Guests include:

Awoye Timpo is a New York-based performing arts director and producer. Her work with AAPF includes development of the play Say Her Name: The Lives That Should Have Been. Awoye’s New York credits include work at New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Realm, Atlantic Theater Company, the National Black Theater and the Public Theater. Regionally she has directed at Studio Theatre (DC), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven) and Berkeley Rep. Her work has also been seen in Edinburgh and Johannesburg. Awoye works as a Creative Director for music events and is a Producer of CLASSIX, a series exploring classic plays by Black playwrights.

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Angela Patton

MODERATOR

Co-Director, Daughters

Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph. D. is the Black Girls Initiatives Research Coordinator at the African American Policy Forum. Her areas of research are educational policy analysis, Black girls’ and women’s onto-epistemologies, and critical race feminist methodologies. The former Professor of Education, Women & Gender Studies, and African American Studies is the author of Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry: A Mosaic for Writing Our Daughter’s Body and Teaching Black Girls: Resilience in Urban Schools. She is co-editor of the books, Black Feminism in Education: Black Women Speak Up, Back, & Out and Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Introduction to Intersectional Qualitative Research. Dr. Evans-Winters is also a clinical psychotherapist in private practice and founder of Planet Venus Institute.

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Ja’Ana Crudup

SPEAKER

Girls for A Change

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Raziah Lewis

SPEAKER

Girls for A Change

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Aubrey Smith

SPEAKER

Girls for A Change

Shermena Nelson serves as AAPF's Chief of Staff/Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Shermena is an Afro-Cuban macro social worker and attorney who focuses on interventions in larger systems, such as communities and organizations, in order to effect change that will enhance the lives of individuals. A native New Yorker, Shermena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (minor in African American Studies) from Howard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Shermena’s areas of practice include Program Development and Management, Legal Advocacy, Trauma, Loss and Bereavement.

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Santana Stewart

SPEAKER

Girls for A Change

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