Are We in a Moment or a Movement?

Association of Black Women in Higher Education 2015 conference

                                      Association of Black Women in Higher Education 2015 conference

Are We in a Moment or a Movement

 By Eleana Elan
Defender Contributing Writer 
Dr. Valerie Allen, National President of Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE), currently the Director of the African-American Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania will address the women with opening remarks at their 2015 National Conference in Chicago, October 14- 16, 2015. The conference will be held at the University of Illinois Student Center, located at 750 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607.
This year’s theme seems timely and appropriate; “Excellence to Eminence: The Transformative Power of Black Women in the Academy.”
Dr. Allen will share her opening remarks at the Opening Presidential Reception to be held at Gallery Guichard, in the historic neighborhood of Bronzeville. The reception begins at 5 PM and continues through 7 PM.
She will provide insight into the organization and its goals providing direction and inspiration for the members who will continue the journey she will address the this moment in history which she has described as  as truly an exciting time in our history!
She says, “We are at a watershed moment that will define for our people how we will respond to injustice. In 2015, we stood together in protest; reminiscent of the movement in the 1960’s for civil rights. Today, it is not just civil rights but human rights for which we fight to win. In 1967, Dr. M.L. King Jr., called for us to be activists, to fight for equality and to eradicate poverty. Our political leaders and our children are calling us today. We must each answer!
Do we have the courage and tenacity to stand firmly like a rock in the face of injustice? Are we in a moment or a movement?”
The rest of the evening will be one of entertainment, art and networking.
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