For the past 6 years The Formation Conference has gathered Black Girls from across the diaspora to learn from each other, pay homage to our foresisters and celebrate Black Girlhood. Since 2016 over 650 participants have joined us for this life changing experience. We have seen our sisterhood grow and expand, adding new members to our TRIBE and Village with every conference.
And while we celebrate the cultivation of tradition we look forward to sustainable growth even more. At The BGT we see growth as more than expansion, but a constant revolution towards our goal, the betterment of Black Girls. Last year we came out of the shadows of a pandemic and returned to our ROOTS, but this year we are celebrating our renaissance...
While many think of a renaissance as simply a time of art and ideas, it is also a period of cultural revolution, promoting the rediscovery of classical philosophy, music and literature. As some of the greatest minds in human history, Black Girls have been influencers for eras. As authors, stateswomen, scientists and artists exchanging ideas, while globally changing the narrative of what it means to be Black, Femme and human. Names like Hurston, Hamer and Chisolm are among the minds that shaped the world. And our impact and evolution has never stopped. Black Girls are constantly evolving and leveling up to meet every challenge and breaking every barrier in our way. The words and influence of yesterdays Black Girls echo today, with lessons and legacies benefiting the global community.
Black Girls are the most oppressed demographic in the world while at the same time the MOST educated demographic, globally. And while the world seems to be having its own personal "rediscovery" around loving Black Girls, we know we've been on! From the expansion of the beauty industry to voters at the ballot box, Black Girls and Women are and always have been responsible for "the revolution." Black Girls Just Do It, and by "it" we mean ALL. Brand and Content Creators, Elected Officials, Television and Movie Stars, Athletes and Chefs, name something we can't do....
So this year our conference is dedicated to celebrating the constant revolution and rebirth of Black Girlhood. By rediscovering the traditions and sustainable actions of our foresisters we can find new ways to keep ourselves refreshed and ready for our next evolution. Because if you stay ready, you don't have to get ready.
The Formation Conference is the first of its kind. Each year we have evolved and expanded while still holding on to the tradition of sisterhood and celebration. This year we are raising the bar with a renewed appreciation of what our conference means to the Black Girl community. We present The FORMATION Conference 2023: RENAISSANCE.
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