Historic Black Women's Conference at UK

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Photo of Geneva Gay
Geneva Gay

Photo of Anna J. Cooper
Anna J. Cooper

Photo of Betty Griffin
Betty Griffin

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Mary McLeod Bethune

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2004) -- The historic Black Women's Conference at the University of Kentucky will hold its tenth annual meeting March 24-25. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down racial segregation in public schools, the theme of this year's conference is "African American Women and the Historic Brown Decision: Looking Backward, Going Forward."

Founded in 1995, the conference opens with the traditional "village potluck dinner" at the YWCA Phillis Wheatley Center, beginning at 6 p.m. March 24. Guests are invited to bring a dish and join family, friends and club members in the celebration of this unique and historic conference.

Registration will start at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 25, in the UK Student Center Small Ballroom. Geneva Gay, professor of African American culture and multicultural education at the University of Washington in Seattle, will deliver the Anna J. Cooper Address of the conference at 10 a.m. March 25 in the UK Student Center Theater.

Betty Griffin, president and chief executive officer of the Griffin Group, will give the Mary McLeod Bethune luncheon lecture at noon in the Student Center Small Ballroom.

A panel discussion, titled “African Americans and the Pursuit of Education: Intended and Unintended Consequences of the Brown Decision,” will begin at 2:30 p.m. March 25 in the Student Center Theater.

William Turner, interim president of Kentucky State University, will present the Doris Wilkinson Distinguished Lecture at 5 p.m. March 25 in the Student Center Theatre, which will be followed by a reception in the Student Center Small Ballroom.

Lynda Brown Wright, director of the conference, said the 2004 sessions of the conference are expected to be “extremely informative and well attended.” All the sessions are free and open to the public except for a $15 charge for the Mary McLeod Bethune Luncheon; tickets can be purchased by calling (859) 257-3593.


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