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You Matter brings experts to Auburn for community event

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The Women in the NAACP and the Harriet Tubman Liberation Foundation are presenting a new women’s conference, You Matter, which will bring together various Black experts in Auburn on March 10th and 11th. The free conference is open to the public and will begin on March 10th at 9:30 a.m. with the “Our Ancestors Matter: Harriet Tubman Day Walk” at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center. The walk will proceed to Fort Hill Cemetery, where Tubman is buried, and will be led by GirlTrek.


Friday’s events will include lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Auburn Public Theater, a “Creating Community” session with facilitators at 5:30 p.m. at the theater, and a screening of “Harriet” at 7 p.m. at the theater.


Saturday’s conference will begin with check-in and a meet-and-greet coffee hour from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Harriet Tubman AME Zion Church. A morning motivational keynote speech by Vanessa Garrison, co-founder of GirlTrek, will follow from 10:05 to 10:45 a.m. Two sessions will then take place at the church from 10:50 to 11:35 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., featuring restorative yoga, a self-guided ComfortZone, and vendors. Lunch will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and a breakout session from 1:45 to 4 p.m. and a We Matter Gathering from 4 to 4:30 p.m. will conclude the conference.

The conference will feature various speakers, including Vanessa Garrison, Valerie Hardy, Renee Gregg, Tamika Hudson, Merlin Marrain, Dr. Alsia Kabari, Tenekqua Cauthen, and Angel Stanley. Those interested in registering for the conference or seeking more information can call (315) 816-8529 or email [email protected].