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BWC 2013

Voices of Resistance: Black Women and the Power of Song

19th Annual Black Women’s Conference: March 22nd, 27th - 28th, 2013
Our theme, Voices of Resistance: Black Women and the Power of Song, is unbound by discipline and time. The speakers were called on to use their intellectual and personal gifts to discuss the ways in which song, singing spaces, and places where black women gather to hum or moan have been powerful and necessary to the survival of black women. In the 19th year of the conference, we gather women/scholars/sisters/girlfriends and discuss the meaning, uses, and importance of music in the lives of black women. We will discuss music from hip hop to gospel to folk to whatever moves and motivates people to “keep on keepin’ on”. The work and voices of these scholars draw from the wide span of black culture, history, and spirituality. Thank you for coming to join us as we collectively lift up - in word and song - black women.

Friday, March 22, 2013
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Mary McLeod Bethune Luncheon and Lecture
Introduction by Melynda Price
Renita Weems
Call For The Weeping Women: Women, Resistance, and The Blues

UK Student Center Ballroom
Tickets: $20, $10/students and seniors

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Anna Julia Cooper Address
Introduction by Mekhatansh McGuire
Angelique Clay, UK School of Music
Songs of Forgotten Voices: African-American Women Composers of American Art Songs

UK Student Center Small Ballroom

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Zora Neal Hurston Lecture and Village Experience - Lecture

Introduction by Mikeiya Morrow
Bettina Love
Black Girlhood, Hip Hop & The New South

Martin Luther King Cultural Center (UK Student Center)

Thursday, March 28, 2013
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Doris Wilkinson Distinguished Lecture
Introduction by Melynda Price
Judith Casselberry
“The Amazon 35 Project: Race, Coalition Politics, and Lesbian Musical Culture.”

Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center
300 East Third Street, Lexington, KY 40508