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The theme of the 2012 University of Louisville Sistah Summit was, From Pain to Power. Anyone who spent a decent amount of time at the two day conference would say there was more power and positivity expressed by every female African American presenter.

The Sistah Summit was a jewel of an event, which seemed to have several sparkling facets. Great conversations between educated women of color, professionals and everyday working women occurred in comfortable, relaxed spaces. Summit speakers gave attendees the opportunity to engage in inspired discussions around several hot topics. Some popular topics for discussion included how African American women can get involved in politics, monitor and respond appropriately to the media as well as how the Affordable Health Care Act is going to effect many Americans in the years to come.

On Friday evening the keynote speaker of the lady conference, Washington Post lifestyles writer and Author of Brothers (and Me), Donna Britt, gave a passionate talk to an engaged group of attendees. Her newly published book focuses on women, how they tend to often give too much, and the murder of her older brother. Britt tied these subjects to the infuriating case of Trayvon Martin while choking back tears.

The Sistah Summit was not only about frustrations, emotions and conversations. It was also intentionally about giving attendees the ability to leave with constructive ideas and plans to apply to their projects, lives and communities.

The University of Louisville Saturday Academy is the parent program to the Sistah Summit. The Saturday Academy is a program, led by Dr. Blain Hudson, dean of University of Louisville's College of Arts and sciences. It provides a weekly education on various areas of African American history in Kentucky and a forum on various hot topics in the community, every week at the Park Duvall community center.

In conjunction with the University of Louisville Saturday Academy, the Sistah Summit exists to empower the African American community of Louisville and inspire greatness and fellowship between every neighborhood.

img via U of L's website

Louisville.com's The Arena section features opinions from active participants in the city's politics. Their viewpoints are not those of Louisville.com (a website is an inanimate object and, as such, has no opinions).


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