Sisterhood Summit 2012
Call for Submissions
The Black Girl Project (BGP) is holding its second annual Sisterhood Summit, a symposium designed to provide a platform for young women and girls to develop the tools to advocate, express, create and inspire, while also building active and sustainable networks on local, national and global levels, in Brooklyn, NY in October, 2012. The symposium this year is themed: PYT: Pleasure, Youth & Transformation.
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” - Audre Lorde
This year’s summit, is inspired by the amazing experience and responses we received from many of last year’s participants to explore deeper themes of sex, sexuality, intimacy, love, and identity and how these issues resonate in the lives of young women and girls*, their communities and popular culture at-large. It is an opportunity for young women and girls to engage in dialogue and interactive workshops that will allow them to ask questions, engage viewpoints, and deepen their insight.
From the historical, overtly stereotypical archetypal representations of Black women’s sexual identities as “mammies” or “jezebels,” to modern pervasive inferential ideological forms, to more recent examples (see: Psychology Today and indie band Chester French): Black girls beauty, bodies, and sexual identities and practices are ever the topic of conversation. For generations overt one-dimensional stereotypes have been created to describe and target Black women’s sexual identities, experiences, and choices.” This year we welcome parents and caregivers of the young women and girls present. There will be a parent track of workshops and tools to support and help facilitate conversations around sex/uality, values, and popular culture by those people who work with youth on a regular basis, and even by youth workers themselves!