UW-Platteville to host 12th annual Ebony Weekend Conference

February 3, 2017
2016 Ebony Weekend Conference
2016 Ebony Weekend Conference
2016 Ebony Weekend Conference

PLATTEVILLE, Wis – This year, University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Black Student Union will host its 12th annual Ebony Weekend Conference beginning with check-in at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, running until 1 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. The conference is open to students, faculty and the public. For more information and registration go to http://ebonyweekend.weebly.com.

This year’s theme is “50 Shades of Black.” It was chosen to bring about awareness of racial injustice and society’s current view on the black community. Every year BSU sets goals for the Ebony Weekend Conference; this year’s goals include looking at how society perceives African American women. They want the attendees to take away something from this event, build relationships and branch out to make connections with one another.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Sherri Williams. She studies social media and television and its effect on how people of color are represented through various forms of social media. She performs her own research on how women of color are shown throughout reality television and media.

The other two speakers who will be present at this year’s conference are Eljeer Hawkins and Jawanza Kunjufu. Hawkins is a community and anti-war activist along with being a part of the recent Black Lives Matter movement. Kunjufu is a consultant at school districts since 1974 and has published over 40 books on the importance of education for young males.

Every year, Perri Jones, BSU secretary, looks forward to, “Listening to the speakers because they are very intelligent role models even though most of them grew up with little education background. It inspires and makes me feel more determined to become educated so I can go out there and educate my community and society to better understand the African American culture.”


Written by: Danielle Kobriger, Student Writer, Communications, 608-342-1194, kobrigerd@uwplatt.edu

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