Call for Proposals

We are seeking proposals from community members, university researchers, independent scholars and students to actively participate in the conference!

Proposals are due by Friday, March 1, 2019

  • Proposals should be submitted online at
  • Written proposals should be no more than 250 words
  • Audio or short video proposals are welcome & should be no more than 5 minutes in length
  • Multiple proposal submissions from an individual or group are acceptable
  • All proposals should be accessible to a broad, diverse audience
  • Selections and notifications will be made by March
  • All presenters and panelists MUST register for the conference
  • Early registration deadline is May 1, 2019. Regular registration deadline is August 16, 2019
  • We welcome proposals in all languages

Types of Proposals

Oral Presentation about your work or research


Film or Video to teach, entertain and challenge


Panel Discussion for you and others to discuss an important topic


Workshop to teach or explore a shared concern


Pop-Up Presentation showcasing an academic poster, photography or artistic performance


We are open to other types of proposals, from quantitative datasets to dramatic performances [examples of “other formats” from 2018: hair wrapping session & yoga session]

Examples of Topics

Please note that these are only examples.
We are relying on you to help define the most important topics and themes for the conference!

  • Successful Researcher-Community Collaborations
  • Local Histories
  • Black Communities in the Era of Trump
  • The Black Church and the Role of Religion
  • Environmental Racism and Justice
  • Cultural Tourism and Destination Marketing in Historic Black Communities
  • Archiving Family Artifacts
  • Health, Nutrition and Health Disparities
  • Economic Revitalization and Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Black Beauty, Perceptions and Appropriations
  • Racial Violence and White Terror in the 21st Century
  • Soulfood and Black Foodways
  • Eliminating the Academic Achievement Gap
  • Cultural and Historical Memory
  • Social Movements and Activism
  • Why Black Communities Matter
  • Black Families
  • Gentrification, Ownership, and Community
  • Land-Trust
  • Negro Spirituals, Blues, Rock n Roll, Soul, Hip-Hop and the Future of Black music
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Self-care and Mental Health
  • Organizing for Community Change
  • Building Black Wealth

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