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March women’s summit features speakers, luncheon, theater

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 17, 2010 11:25 AM

March 2, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A March 27 daylong women’s conference—the fourth annual Saturday Academy Sistah Summit—will feature talks, activities and entertainment designed to encourage women to improve their well-being by learning from and depending on each other as resources.

University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences sponsors the event through its Saturday Academy program, and the conference site will be its regular meeting spot at DuValle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave. The conference, with the theme “Free Yourself to Free Somebody Else,” runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The luncheon speaker will be the Rev. Mariah Britton, founder and chief executive officer of the New York-based nonprofit The Moriah Institute for adolescent and adult development. Her topic is “Speak Light: New Beginnings in Sexuality Conversations.”

New York City journalist-author Robin Stone will lead sessions based on her books “No Secrets, No Lies: How Black Families Can Heal from Sexual Abuse” and “My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at The New York Times.” Holistic physician Tracy Freeman, who practices with National Integrated Health Associates in Washington, D.C., will talk about her view of guiding patients in their journey to wellness. Other speakers will cover topics such as healthy sexuality, parenting, feminism, addiction, criminal and family law, money and homophobia.

Summit organizers will honor Elmer Lucille Allen, Betty Baye and Cheketa Tinsley for their work to inspire black women. Community activist Carla Wallace will be honored for her work for and with black women. There also will be performances by UofL’s African American Theater Program, UofL student group S.H.E. and Heaven and Earth 360.

Summit package registration is $50 or $40 for seniors and students. The summit package includes Saturday events and luncheon plus a Thursday “Brothahs Tell Sistahs” discussion event. Cost is $20 for the 12:30 p.m. Saturday luncheon only, which is open to men and women.

The summit caps off Black Woman Week March 21-27. Most of that week’s events are free and public. For a complete schedule or to print out a registration form for the Saturday event, see

For more information, call Bani Hines-Hudson, 502-852-1397, or Marian Vasser, 502-852-2252.

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