Black Girl Magic Conference aims to empower women

Amanda Lyn is working to amplify the voices of women of colour.

After finding inspiration last fall from speakers at White Privilege Symposium Canada and the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women, the second-year Kinesiology student decided to create an outlet for women to share their stories and have their thoughts heard.

That vision has come to fruition in the inaugural Black Girl Magic Conference, set for March 18.

The event, sponsored by the Student Justice Centre, Student Life and Community Experience, and Brock University Students’ Union Advocacy, aims to bring together students, scholars, youths, leaders and community members to empower women of colour and create a culture of understanding.

“There just aren’t enough voices out there that represent women of colour,” Lyn said.

“As leaders, we can change the way people see us and break down the stereotypes that have been around for far too long.”

The daylong conference will encourage attendees to use their voices as a catalyst for change.

Seminars, workshops, performances and a keynote presentation from Akio Maroon, a recognized human rights advocate, are planned for the event.

“We know it’s going to take more than just talking about it,” Lyn said.

“We need to support each other as we act on the change that we talk about. Things like the natural hair movement and the diversity of black dolls for kids are just a couple of indicators that we’re on our way to achieving the kind of authentic representation we need.”

The conference takes place in Thistle Hallway from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. Childcare will also be available.

“This conference is for everyone, just be open and willing,” Lyn said, while encouraging people to attend.

“Hear our stories, see where we’re coming from and understand who we are so we can face these challenges together.”

Registration closes March 15. Reserve your spot online. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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