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Day 1: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Location: RawSpace Gallery ImageNation

April 7 – April 9, 2016
Gallery Hours:  Thursday, 5:00pm to 8:30pm// Friday – Saturday, 12:00pm – 8:00pm
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, New York, NY 10027 (betweend 121st & 122nd Street)
Picturing Black Girlhood:
Curator:  Scheherazade Tillet, A Long Walk Home
Assistant Curator: Zoraida Lopez
Picturing Black Girlhood features eighteen photographers who focus on the multifaceted identities and important contributions of Black girls in the United States. Inspired by the powerful legacies of Black women in the field of photography, this exhibition explores how images—self-portraits, staged shots, and social documentary—are archives and arsenals of resistance for Black girls as they define themselves, negotiate public/private spaces, and cultivate sites of belonging. Picturing Black Girlhood challenges stereotypes by revealing the poignant stories and narratives that many Americans refuse to see—the complex exterior worlds and interior lives as experienced, imagined, and seen through eyes of Black girls in America. On Thursday night, we open with “Picturing Black Girlhood.” The exhibition will be available to the public as well as all conference participants for the entirety of the conference from April 7-9, 2016.
Artists: Sheila Pree Bright, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Jamaica Gilmer, Scheherazade Tillet and teen girls Monifa Wright-Brown, Nia Brown, Zainab Floyd,  Keyanna Jones, Lorenshay Hamilton,  Dianna Porter, and Datavia Stewart.
Opening Reception
April 7:  5:00pm - 8:30pm
ReceptionDJ Beauty and The Beatz and FloydLittle’s Double Dutch
Picturing Black Girlhood: An Artist Conversation
April 7:  5:30pm - 6:30pm
Sheila Pree Bright, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Jamaica Gilmer, Lorenshay Hamilton, Scheherazade Tillet, Professor Nazera Sadiq Wright moderated by
Professor Kellie E. Jones
For information on the artists please visit “Picturing Black Girlhood

Day 2: Friday, April 8, 2016
Location: -MIST Harlem – 46 West 116th Street
(off Malcolm X Blvd. /Lenox Avenue)
9:30am - 10:00am:
Opening Remarks:
Farah Jasmine Griffin
, Columbia University
Cidra M. Sebastien, The Brotherhood/SisterSol
10:15am - 11:45am:
Panel 1: The Past, Present, and Future State of Black Girls 
Salamishah Tillet, University of PennsylvaniaModerator
Daniella Carter, Start From Here, Transgender Youth Organizer and Youth Homeless Advocate
Makayla Gilliam-Price, Black Lives Matter - Baltimore, Youth Organizer
Joyce Ladner, Howard University (Emerita), “Tomorrow’s Tomorrow: The Black Woman”
Monique Morris, The National Black Women’s Justice Institute, “Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” 
12:00pm - 1:10pm:   Lunch Break
1:15pm - 2:30pm:
Panel 2: Writing and Researching Black Girls:
Carla Shedd Columbia University- Moderator
Ruth Nicole Brown, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Black Girlhood Celebration and Hear Our Truths”
Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University, “Southside Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration”
Andreana Clay, San Francisco State University, “The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back”
Aimee Meredith Cox, Fordham University, “Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship”
Kyra Gaunt, Baruch College –CUNY, “The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes From Double-Dutch to Hip Hop”
Toya Like, University of Missouri-Kansas City, “Emotional Girls and Rational Boys: Gendered Discussion of Violence among African American Adolescents”
LaKisha Simmons, State University of NY-Buffalo- “Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Crescent City New Orleans”
2:45pm - 3:45pm:
Panel 3: Best Practices for Black Girls
Joanne N. Smith, Girls for Gender Equity- Moderator 
Mariame Kaba, Project Nia
Marilyn Hollinquest, Radical Monarchs
Octavia Lewis, Trans Health Activist
Raven Ali, Black Girls Code
Neveah Kelly, Radical Monarchs
4:00pm - 5:00pm:
Panel 4: Policy & Philanthropy: 
Joanne N. Smith, Girls for Gender Equity- Moderator 
Allison R. Brown, Just Schools Fund
Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center
Tynesha McHarris, NoVo Foundation
Nakisha M. Lewis, Ms. Foundation for Women
5:00pm - 5:30pm:
Melissa Harris Perry, Wake Forest University
Introduced by Salamishah Tillet, University of Pennsylvania
"Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color:  A Research Agenda for the Next Decade"
6:00pm - 7:00pm:
Black Girl Cypher: - Toni Blackman & Camille A. Brown, (Camille A. Brown & Co)
Kyra Gaunt- Moderator 
This cypher workshop is primarily for young girls with women welcome to join in. The cypher uses free styling in rap, spoken word, dance, movement and song as a tool to encourage social cooperation and responsibility. Participants acquire discipline, presentation and critical thinking skills and will learn the cultural history and values behind the cipher. 
Workshop will be led by award-winning artist and freestyle emcee, Toni Blackman who is a former Open Society and Echoing Green Fellow and an American Cultural Specialist to the US State Department with assistance from professional choreographer and TED Fellow Camille A. Brown and professor, singer-songwriter and TED Fellow Kyra Gaunt. Dr. Gaunt will moderate and participate in the session. 

Day 3: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Low Memorial Library-Columbia University, (116 street & Broadway Security Entrance)

9:00am - 10:00am:
Statement on the Black Girls Declaration of Freedom and Humanity
Screening: Black Girl Magic by ESSENCE
Breakfast & Fellowship
10:00am - 10:30am: 
Call to Black Girl Movement: Camille A. Brown
Location Change to: Columbia University’s Faculty House
Conference workers will direct and assist On-Site attendees
Youth Led Workshops [Pre-registration required, no onsite registration will be allowed]
11:00am - 12:00pm: A Long Walk Home: “Girl Power: Using Art to End Gender Based Violence with A Long Walk Home”
A Long Walk Home (ALWH) developed The Girl/Friends Leadership Institute, a year-round program for teen girls in Chicago to use art-activism to end sexual and dating violence, based in Chicago. This youth-led interactive workshop focuses on how to use multi-media performance (poetry, dance, photography and music) as tools for both social change and self-care when developing campaigns to end violence against girls and young women of color. Audience will witness a mini performance and will learn tools to create their own campaigns. We welcome both youth and adults to participate in this workshop.

11:00am - 12:00pm: “Black Girls & School Pushout" Girls with Gender Equity Workshop
Sisters in Strength youth organizers will facilitate a workshop on school pushout with conference youth and contribute to the Black Girls Declaration of Freedom and Humanity. A declaration of the human and civil rights that Black girls deserve in order to live with dignity and without fear of school pushout, criminalization, sexual assault and murder in the United States. We will hear advocacy strategies directly from Black girls, who are experts of their own experiences. GGENYC.ORG
11:00am - 12:00pm: “Black Girls with Disabilities need Sexual & Reproductive Health Too! by The Empowered Fe Fes with Access Living”
Black girls/women have multiple layers of identity that shape their lives, and it’s time to include the narratives of all black girls. This workshop will illustrate the barriers black girls/women with disabilities face in accessing sexual & reproductive healthcare.  The workshop is led by Access Living's Empowered Fe Fes.  The group is a young women’s of color advocacy and peer support group that is committed to creating change in the lives of girls & women with disabilities. They created a reproductive health guide to provide information that is not readily available.  Participants will learn about local and national resources they can use in their own communities and how they can join the fight for reproductive justice for women/girls with disabilities!

Columbia University’s Faculty House
(116 street & Between Amsterdam & Morningside Drive)

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch Break
1:00pm - 2:00pm: “Rising into Our Legacy with The Brotherhood/Sister Sol”  
Facilitated by youth members of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol .Too often the legacy of women of color - cis-gender, trans-gender and queer - are left out of histories. These women were movement builders, artists, innovators, and more. This 60-minute workshop will include interactive games about some of these women as well as a reflective visioning project for girls to consider their personal legacies. Cool giveaways included!
1:00pm - 2:00pm: “I Can Be” Girls Confidence Workshop with girl empowerment activist Octavia Allen” [Youth only, 7-12 yrs. old]
This workshop will be led by 11 year old Olivia Allen who wants to help girls ages 7 – 12 learn how to confidently believe in themselves and go after their dreams.  
1:00pm - 2:00pm: “Black Girl Body Tech: A Remix of Ritual with Black Girl Project”
Rooted in the understanding that Black women and girls have agency and bodily autonomy, this workshop uses a model of the Kongo cosmogram as a guide to help participants understand how the body can be used to mediate personal, communal and historical trauma through voice and movement.
2:00pm - 3:00pm: “#DearBlackGirl: We Cherish Your Voice with The Beautiful Project”
All too often the world attempts to define and label black girls and women in ways that disrupt our relationships with one another and disguise, distort and contain our individual and collective power. The Beautiful Project believes that within each other, we can find the wisdom, joy and strength to overcome negativity and know our beauty and power. We invite you to take up your pen and your camera through an interactive workshop that celebrates and amplifies your voice.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: “From Black Girl Rage to Black Girl Power with the Center for Anti-Violence Education”
History shows that the voices of black girls are silenced and invalidated which often times leads to rage.  In this youth-led violence prevention and self-defense workshop, we will examine “black girl rage” and discuss ways that we can move towards managing our anger in healthy ways. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the strength in their voices and bodies through verbal and physical techniques. At the end of this workshop, we’ll have more skills to assertively de-escalate stressful situations and to advocate for ourselves and others.
2:00pm - 3:00pm: “Educate to Liberate: Using Popular Education and Healing Arts as a Practice of Social Change with the Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC)”
This workshop will articulate fighting oppression as central to the process of healing. YWFC will engage participants in an interactive discussion illustrating the importance of proactively addressing oppression as a strategy to dismantling the many systems of oppression
Location Change to
Low Memorial Library-Columbia University
(116 street & Broadway Security Entrance)
Conference workers will direct & assist On-Site attendees
4:00pm - 5:00pm:
Public Conversation: Between Black Girls
Cidra M. Sebastien, Brotherhood/Sister Sol – Moderator
Olivia Allen, I Can Be! Girls Confidence, Louisville, KY
Miasia Clark- Girls for Gender Equity, New York City
Marley Dias, #1000blackgirlbooks, West Orange, NJ
Danielle Gary, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, (GEMS), New York, NY
Asia Willis  - A Long Walk Home, Chicago, IL
Adjara Stewart - The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, New York, NY
5:00pm - 5:15pm:
Black Girls Declaration of Freedom and Humanity, Black Girl Bill of Rights report back
5:15pm - 5:45pm: Break
5:45pm - 7:30pm:
Camille A. Brown presents “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” (Excerpt)
Introduction: Aimee Meredith Cox, Fordham University
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a Black female in urban American culture. In a society where Black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, this work seeks to interrogate these narratives by representing a nuanced spectrum of Black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world. With original music compositions (live music by pianist, Scott Patterson and electric bassist, Tracy Wormworth), Brown uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular including social dancing, double dutch, steppin’, tap, Juba, ring shout, and gesture as the Black woman’s domain to evoke childhood memories of self-discovery. From play to protest, from childhood innocence to girlhood awareness to maturity, the performers come into their identities, —all the while being shaped by their environments, the bonds of sisterhood, and society at large.
Closing Remarks: Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin

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Black Girl Movement Conference could not have been done without the lead coordination from
Sharon Harris, Shawn D. Mendoza, Zoraida Lopez
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