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."
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.