Black Women's Lives Between the Dash: 1619-2019

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Conference Theme: Black Women’s Lives Between the Dash: 1619-2019

Between the Dash: Spirituality, Culture, Family, Economics, Politics, Education, Struggle, Reparation, Perseverance

The International Black Women’s Congress (IBWC), founded in 1983, is an international, non-profit networking organization. We seek to build bridges uniting women of African descent. IBWC is concerned with the growing poverty and negative stereotypes of Black women in the 21st century. It is obvious that Black women must define themselves from their own perspectives. The International Black Women’s Congress believes that we must build an African centered view of womanhood–a model that speaks to the multifaceted roles that Black women continue to play. We hold yearly national conferences on critical issues impacting women of African ancestry and develop local programs with members in thirty-five states.


Conference Content: Nine Plenary Sessions; More than Outstanding 30 Presenters; 27th Annual Lubna African Centered Fashion Show; Cultural Show; Oni Award Luncheon; Service Award Luncheon;


Hotel: Wyndham Oceanfront Hotel Virginia Beach, Virginia. Call 757-428-7025 and mention International Black Women’s Congress to receive the special conference rate of $134, single or double occupancy for oceanfront rooms or $104 for non- oceanfront. These rates are good three days before and after the conference. The deadline for reserving rooms at this discount rate is September 6, 2019.


Registration: Full conference registration fee $185 before September 6, 2019 and $225 after, which includes all Sessions, Friday Luncheon, Fashion Show, ONI Awards Luncheon and Sunday Brunch. Conference only fee is $49.


Address: 1401 Tidewater Drive Suite 10   Norfolk, VA 23504

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This conference will address the question of what is between the dash for Black women in America since making the inhuman middle passage across the Atlantic Ocean and arriving at Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1619 until 2019. What have been the horrors of nearly 250 years of the  harshest form of slavery  known in  history and another 150 years of lynching,  Jim Crowism, forced segregation, economic apartheid and white privilege? At the same time, the conference will affirm the African roots that helped Black women to survive, create families and create the only original culture in America. It will also affirm the importance of ancestors and perseverance,

More than 30 scholars and community activists will focus on telling the true story of “Black Lives Between the Dash”. Some of them are: La Francis Rodgers-Rose, Safiya Bandele, Gloria Browne-Marshall, Jacqualyn F. Greene, Rosalind Jeffries, Linda James Myers, Diedre Badjo, Henry D. Rose, Michele Balamani, Maxine Mimms and Segun Shabaka.They are the true storytellers of our history.


The Conference  Includes:

9 Plenary Sessions

3 Days of Networking

Lubna’s 27th Annual African Centered Fashion Show

Cultural Show Featuring Local and National Talents

Spiritual Gathering at the Atlantic Ocean at Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA

Oni Award Luncheon Honoring Exemplary Black Women

Service Award Brunch

African Marketplace