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Honoring Black Women

By George Wright via

As we continue to commemorate Black History Month, we must also remember and reflect on the ways Black women have continued to rise against the challenges of systemic racism and prejudice while navigating the distinct challenges women face in our world today.

In recognition of this, the university is hosting its 26th annual Black Women’s Conference, and this year’s theme is “Literature, Digital Media, and the Afrofuture.” My colleague, Dr. Anastasia Curwood, associate professor and director of African American and Africana Studies, describes its history:

The Black Women’s Conference was initiated 26 years ago by Doris Wilkinson, who

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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