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Talks at the Schomburg: Standing in Formation


Standing in Formation will be a provocative and candid conversation that explores the historical, political and contemporary landscape that has generated an analysis and demand for advancing justice focused on black women and girls. Undeniably, black women have been at the forefront as leaders and workers of all social change reform in the United States and abroad. Beth Richie, professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation, will join Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Joanne N. Smith, ED and founder of Girls for Gender Equity, Ramatu Bangara, Program Officer at the NoVo Foundation and Dani McClain, contributing writer for The Nation. The panel will investigate the relevance of black women and girls as social change makers that continue to shape the contours of racial justice, feminism, and human rights.  The rich history of engaging black women and girls is essential to address new social justice challenges and secure new measures of freedom.  

This program is co-sponsored by the Ms. Foundation and Sidney Hillman Foundation. 

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For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Adenike Olanrewaju at

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.