HISTORY

  African American Women’s Resource Center

  • Hosted the first African American Women’s Readers and Writers Conference in order to have a platform for women of the African Diaspora to acquire knowledge from some the best writers of the movements (and others) in order to use the written word to affect change.  Some of the writers who were presenters at the Conference were Angela Davis, Sonja Sanchez, Julianne Malveaux, Octavia Butler, Lisa Moore, and Beverly Guy-Sheftall.
  • Provided empowering workshops for women of the African Diaspora on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis.  The most recent workshops included how to channel anger into activism, how to establish a business, racial inequality, forming alliances, and forming bookclubs for change.
  • Held an afterschool program for girls because we wanted to give girls daily sessions on their history and wanted to build self-esteem through daily challenges of analyzing their surroundings in school and in the community and then identifying (and roleplaying) what they could do to empower themselves in non-empowering actions by others towards them.
  • Provided Kitchen Table Talks where women who were in the Movement in the past discuss and provide wisdom and insight on what worked then that can work now in making changes in our communities.
  • The first home of the AARWC on U Street NW, Washington, DC served as a place for women to store their belongings while they sought adequate shelter from the streets.  No small matter, these women only wanted to know that their things were safe. We were able to at least provide that assurance.
  • Continuously promote ways to increase financial empowerment because we acknowledge that African American women must attain a more equitable distribution of power and resources in economic arenas.  We conducted extensive workshops and hands on exercises on establishing a business — over a 10-month period.
  • Developed Oratory Contests for Teenage Girls because the topics we selected for the contests were designed to raise awareness and to inspire action on racism. sexism, classism, and homophobia .
  • Conducted a day-long seminar on Caring for the Caregiver.  One of the most powerful workshops of the Quarter.
  • Designated the month of April as African American Women’s Month.