This past weekend we attended the 4th Annual National Black Women’s Life Balance & Wellness Conference at Spelman College.
The conference kicked off Friday evening with keynote speaker Dr. Beverly Guy Sheftall, a performance by Monica Raye Simpson, and a dinner. Dr. LA Franicis Rogers-Rose also received an award.
Saturday was a full day of breakout sessions beginning at 10 am. We attended three workshops. The first was a storytelling workshop with Gloria S. Elder. Attendees chose images and then wrote a 3-5 minute story about them, which we shared with our group. It was amazing to see how everyone got deep into their stories. The second workshop we attended was “Legacy of Journalism and Feminsim: From Ida B. Wells to Present Day Media Voices”. Our speaker was Sherry Mallory, consultant for the NAACP. We had a rather interested discussion playing Super Woman, health, and the media of course.
The last workshop we attended was Island Girl Narratives of Health and Wellness. This was our favorite, because Rachel Panton, Ph.D. had interviewed several women in Miami with island roots. Panton says she noticed how fit the women were upon moving to Miami, but was surprised to discover that most of them did not take part in any formal exercise. Instead, they were more conscious of their bodies, listened to them when something did not feel right, and they were more conscious of what they put into their bodies. They found other alternatives to working out like dancing and being outdoors getting in touch with nature.
Shanesha Brooks- Tatum, Ph. D is the founder and President of the Annual National Black Women’s Life Balance and Wellness Conference. Tatum is passionate about creating safe spaces where women of African descent can share and learn practical strategies for achieving wellness in every area of life.