The Black Women's History Conference grew from a joint effort of the New Jersey Department of Education and Rutgers University to promote women’s history while highlighting and honoring women from various communities. Since its establishment in 1983, the Black Women’s History Conference has sponsored numerous conferences, seminars, and cultural programs. Through these events, the organization brings scholars, historians, writers, political activists, and cultural figures to wide audiences. Speakers who have appeared at these conferences include Sonia Sanchez, Paula Giddings, Alvin Poussaint, John Henrik Clarke, and Susan Taylor.
As a resource to classroom teachers, the BWHC developed a curriculum guide for grades one to four that focused upon the lives of African Americans. As an outgrowth of that project, several members wrote scripts for theatrical productions. Other women researched historical figures and developed dramatic presentations
about such outstanding personalities as Harriet Tubman, Barbara Jordan, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells, Madame C. J . Walker, and Mary McLeod Bethune. In authentic dress, BWHC members performed these moving pieces for thousands of school children, as well as church, corporate, and community audiences. For several years the organization collaborated with the Department of African American Studies at Seton Hall University to publish a newsletter that spotlighted both historical and living Black women. The BWHC also pioneered the celebration of the holiday, Kwanzaa, through annual programs open to the public.
For the past six years, the BWHC has hosted a breakfast that brings women from around the state to address current issues related to education, health, parenting, and financial empowerment. In honor of its first co-chairperson, Dr. Shirley Cathie, the organization has established a scholarship that is named for her and awarded annually to a student who best exemplifies Dr. Cathie’s love for learning, family, and
empowerment of women.
BWHC CHRISTMAS POTLUCK PARTY & MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
Thanks to all who came out
for our 6th Reunion Breakfast!
BLACK WOMEN'S HISTORY CONFERENCE
P.O. BOX 2674, PLAINFIELD, NJ 07060
2018 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The women of the Black Women's History Conference mourn the passing of our co-founder, Dr. Shirley B. Cathie
In Loving Memory of
DR. SHIRLEY B. CATHIE
Please click here to read more about her
Established in 1983, the Black Women's History Conference is a non-proﬁt organization dedicated to educating its members and the larger community about the historical achievements and contemporary concerns of Black women.
The organization sponsors conferences, seminars, and cultural programs that bring Black scholars, historians, writers, political activists, and entertainers to New Jersey audiences, including the first NJ concert by Sweet Honey in the Rock.
Additionally, it conducts oral history interviews, a regular conference feature, so that audiences gain new appreciation for the strong, courageous lives of local women.
The BWHC has also written monologues and performed theatrical productions about noteworthy figures for school children, churches and other audiences.
FOURTH REUNION BREAKFAST - Sept 24th
'Advocating for your own wellness'
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS WHO MADE OUR BREAKFAST A GREAT SUCCESS!
Special Thanks to DIANE MOORE-PENDER for taking these wonderful photos!
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