Free Webinar December 11, 2013 – The Office of Planning and Research (OPRE) Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) will be sponsoring a free webinar, Family Structure, Stability and Child Wellbeing, on December 11 at 2 pm ET as part of their Emerging Scholar series. The webinar is free, but pre-registration is required. Get details on the NRFC Events Calendar.
15th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference: February 2014 – Fathers & Families Coalition of America will be hosting its 15th Annual National Conference, “Turing the Hearts of Fathers,” February 11-14, 2014 at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Henderson, NV. More details are available on the NRFC Events Calendar.
OFA Launches Online Directory of Free Career Pathways Resources: The Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits. Spotlight on Dads Resource: Back in Touch - Spotlight on Dads Resource: Back in Touch offers guidance for fathers on reconnecting with their children when living apart, before or after separation.
In observance of World AIDS Day and in support of the 2013 theme as “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation” we will provide a screening of the extraordinary film “How to Survive a Plague” by David France. This World AIDS Day will be an opportunity for us to discuss the courage and activism these young men and women displayed to lead the way for many warriors lost and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Please bring your own lunch and join us to view this film on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at 26 Federal Plaza, Conference Room 38-100 located on the 38th floor. To register and for more information, please visit:
Reminder! Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Process! Public Comment Opens November 13, 2013 – Participate in the Healthy People 2020 process! The public comment period is open from November 13, 2013 through December 4, 2013.
To participate in the public comment period, visit the online public comment database beginning November 13, 2013. Comments will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. ET on December 4, 2013.
Art in the Garden Entertainment
Saturday, November 30
11:15 – Barefoot Davis
12:15 – Janet Reiter
1:15 – Chantal Carty & Friends
2:15 – The Student Performance Initiative
3:15 – Pony Jarrett
Sunday, December 1
11:15 – The Paul Dirks Show
12:15 – Jason Jones
1:15 – RC & Pru
2:15 – Why Not, The Water Island Band
3:15 – Women of Note and Family & Friends
In graduate school, I was invited to join a sister circle. At the time, I had no idea what that was. What resulted was a life long bond with a group of Black women from across the diaspora (Guyana, Dominican Republic, & across the US). We shared our stories and spent hours revealing our inner insecurities. We trusted each other with our deepest regrets, struggles and fears. It was through our sister circle that I learned about sisterhood. There were many tears, hugs and affirmations.
To share your story…To be real with a circle of people you an trust, is one of the best feelings in the world. And I deeply believe that it is through these types of bonds that Black women have been able to survive so many atrocities and still come out with our sanity. Safe spaces in the presence of our sisters, is the place to heal because we know so much of the world seems against us, rushes to judge us, and disregards our truth. It was in these moments that I felt a wholeness that can only be achieved in knowing that these sisters had my back. We could go to each other for anything.
Outside of the sister circle in grad school, I have another circle of friends including sisters I’ve known since I was 12 years old and others I met during freshman year of college. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made or received early morning or late night phone calls during which we’ve vented, came to each other’s rescue, and just served as a much needed listener. Sometimes, just having somebody listen makes all the difference.
Black women’s sisterhood is so strong that the army has actually started studying it. As the army deals with high suicide rates among soldiers, one thing has remained true…Black women still have the lowest rates of suicide in the military even though we all know they face higher rates of discrimination. Yet, we live on. The army wonders what Black women have that other groups don’t.
While the government does not break down military suicides according to race, among the general population African-American women have the lowest suicide rate of any group. Surprisingly, white men die most often by their own hand. “By comparison, the rate for black women was less than three suicides per 100,000.” “The sense of community among themselves, and the … built-in support that they get from each other is something we’re paying a lot of attention to, and trying to find ways to emulate,” Kemp told Government Executive. “I think often that veterans and men don’t have that same sort of personal support, and we have to build that for them.” - The Grio
The Washington Post covered the power of Sister Circles in their article about a new program called Prime Time Sister Circles.
… Prime Time Sister Circles, a 12-week program focused on helping African American women in midlife improve their nutrition and fitness, and deal with stress. And just as important, participants say, the Sister Circles provides them with emotional and spiritual support akin to a long, tight hug. The circles are kept relatively small: no more than 25 women. Participants include those who make six-figure incomes and others with more modest means. They meet for two hours, once a week over three months and often learn that more things connect than separate them. – Washington Post
Just having the experience of being a part of a sister circle, makes me think about the survival of the generations of women that came before us. The bond between sister friends is a deep aspect of our history. And that is why I believe Black women have become so resilient. Not out of anger but out of emotional bonds that hold us up.
So today, I just want to say thank you to all of my sister friends and our sister circle. Marie, Zakiya, Griselda, Halycon, Anita, Alexandria, Keena, Rodniqua, Patrice, Shari, Rachel, Janine, Candice, Valeria, Nikki, Margo and more.
Originally published on OurLegaci.com. Reprinted with permission.