This is Women’s History Month and women of color from a variety of backgrounds are coming together to celebrate the changes they have made and talk about the issues that still require their attention. The event is called Black Women Rise.

It is a two-day multi-generational, multiracial conference featuring female speakers, entertainers, and presenters of African descent, all addressing issues of interest and importance to black women (and those who care about them) in today’s world. 

Black Women Rise is organized by a group of multi-generational, multiracial, female activists, scholars, professionals, and artists. Break out sessions include sexual abuse in the black church, LGBT issues in the black community and the war on women and Planned Parenthood. Other discussions include Mothers Against Murderers featuring anti-violence activist Angela Williams and Finding Our Female Roots: Intro to Genealogy featuring Dr. Delores Walters and Tionne Carson.

Judge Helen Whitener is the keynote speaker. She has practiced on the Pierce County Superior Court in Washington State since January 2015. A former prosecutor and defense attorney, Judge Whitener is the second black female on her bench, the only black female judge on any court in Pierce County, and the first openly gay judge on any bench in Pierce County. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges, the International Association of LGBT Judges and the National Association of Women Judges. Judge Whitener is a graduate of Baruch College, City University in New York with a B.B.A. and holds a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law.

Other speakers and presenters include May Reign, Danielle Allen, Tifanny Burks, Chanice Lee, Karen Williams and Rev. Charmayne Davis.

Black Women Rise is on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Metropolitan Community Church of the Palm Beaches. The address is 4857 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418.

Tickets are sold on a sliding scale. Most guests have purchased tickets for $125-$250. Some, even more. High school and college students can join the experience for $99 and are encouraged to attend.  Tickets can be purchased here:

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