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UAlbany Africana Women's Forum Commemorates 7th Anniversary of Million Woman March

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 21, 2004) -- An Africana Women's Forum will be held at the University at Albany to commemorate the anniversary of the Million Women March. The event will be held on Monday, October 25 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Campus Center room 375 on the UAlbany uptown campus. Sponsored by UAlbany's Department of Africana Studies, it is free and open to the public.

This year marks the 7th anniversary of the 1997 Million Woman March, modeled on the Million Man March that brought hundreds of thousands of black men to Washington. The Million Woman March demonstrated unity in the face of problems ranging from inadequate heath care and poor education to the scourge of drugs and unemployment. African-American women flocked to Philadelphia by the hundreds of thousands, listening to impassioned calls to build political, economic and social unity within their communities.

This year women of African descent across the country will gather in remembrance of the historic event. The Africana Women's Forum will provide opportunities for African, African American and Caribbean women throughout the Capital District to gather together to revisit the original objectives of the march, to engage in discussions about current issues and solutions affecting their lives, and to celebrate Africana women through creative performance.

A highlight of the event will be a poetry slam and open mike featuring poetry and performances by Africana women poets from the area, and performances in honor of Africana women. Elaine Houston, co-anchor and education reporter at WNYT-TV, will read from and sign copies of her new book The Friendships Between Women. In addition, there will be stories of Africana women throughout history as well as remembrances of the march.


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