Committee / Vendors / Exhibitors

Conference Planning Committee

Community members who generously volunteer their time and talent to make the conference an enriching, memorable event for all – – –

Deb Abel      Brittany Beyus     Brieanna Chillious     Ann Cohan      Christine Cowieson

Chris Cummings     Thearse McCalmon       MaryNell Morgan         Janine Moon

Sharon Robinson     Ben Stewart     Mary Liz Stewart     Paul Stewart     Ellen Wertlieb   










Would you like to be an exhibitor? Click here cover-letter-response-form-2017  to download the Exhibitor cover letter and response form.

Exhibitors (List in formation) – Delta Sigma Theta – Albany NY Alumnae Chapter; Friends for Racial Justice; First Reform Church of Schenectady; I Am Strong; Hamilton Hill Arts Center; Schenectady County Community College

Creative Expressions Contest of the Albany NY Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta – – – 

Winners of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Albany NY AlumnaeDelta Sigma theta Sorority, Albanty NY Alumnae Chapter Chapter 21st Creative Expressions Contest will be on exhibit. Winners are selected from elementary, middle and high school student submissions from around the Capital District.



Friends for Racial Justice – – – 

Friends for Racial Justice, a committee of Albany Friends Meeting and the wider community, investigates and works to understand institutional racism , white privilege, the impact of racism in our society and in our lives, looking to identify strategies to change society and our own lives in an effort to remove racism and its impact from our world.

First Reformed Church of Schenectady – – – 

It shall be our aim to bring joy to little children, instruction and high ideals to youth, inspiration to men and women in the midst of life, and comfort to those in life’s later years; and to labor together for the betterment of humankind. One initiative is the continued research into church records to identify the voices and stories of those congregants of color whose contributions to church and community history need to be celebrated.

I Am Strong – – – 

I Am Strong volunteers mentor those at a maximum-security facility in the greater Capital Region for girls and women ages 14 to 20 through workshops, one-on-one relationships and professional development, helping young women to identify their strengths. The mission of I Am Strong is to empower, uplift, inspire and create opportunity within our communities and to provide advice, transitional resources, and networking opportunities in hopes to better our communities.


Hamilton Hill Arts Center  – – –

Our mission is to ensure the healthy development of youth by promoting their involvement in the visual, performing, and English language arts, as well as a unique focus on African and African American art. The Hamilton Hill Arts Center (HHAC) blends African and African-American arts and culture with educational and character-building activities,making the center a unique resource in the Capital Region. Founded in 1968 as a drop-in arts center for at-risk youth, our program offerings have expanded to meet the growing needs of our community.We bring beauty, culture, and hope to an inner-city neighborhood and the entire region.

Schenectady County Community College – – – 

SUNY Schenectady County Community College, established in 1967, is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and emphasizes high-quality academic programs, broad access for students, and responsiveness to the needs of the community. For nearly 50 years, the College has been an important part of Schenectady County.


Pride Center of the Capital Region – – – 


The mission of the Pride Center of the Capital Region is to promote the well-being of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified people and those affected by discrimination based on gender identity and expression.


Schenectady County Historical Society – – – 

The Schenectady County Historical Society brings to life the region’s dynamic history through interactive exhibits, talks, workshops, concerts, education programs and community events for all audiences at the Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction and the Grems-Doolittle Library and the Schenectady History Museum in the historic Stockade district of Schenectady.

Albany County Land Bank – – – 

The Albany County Land Bank was established in early 2014 by Albany County to facilitate the process of acquiring, improving and redistributing vacant and abandoned properties. The Land Bank is an organization committed to improving neighborhoods and has a responsibility to improve Land Bank properties for future use and put them back to productive use.


MarketPlace Vendors

Would you like to be a vendor? Click here cover-letter-response-form-2017 to access the Vendor cover letter and response form.

MarketPlace Vendors (List in formation) – SUNY Press; Cliff Oliver Photography; URHPCR; Cravings Too Inc.; A… My Name is Alice; Positive iNK; Dr. Florence Brooks

SUNY Press – – – 

As an acclaimed international publisher of distinguished research and notable works of general interest since 1966, SUNY Press sponsors nationally recognized and rapidly growing lists of publications in the areas of African American studies, Asian studies, environmental studies, Indigenous studies, Italian American studies, Jewish studies, philosophy, political science, queer studies, religion, transpersonal psychology, and women’s studies.

Cliff Oliver Photography – – – 

Clifford Oliver is a veteran photographer well versed in advertising, commercial, editorial and fine art. Clifford plays well with others and aims to please. His reverence for life is evident in all he does. Clifford Oliver’s mission is to make the photograph happen at any cost (save safety and respect).

Underground Railroad History Project – – –

Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles, engaging in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society.

Cravings Too Inc. – – –

We create decadent caramelized popcorns with are unique and distinctive in their flavor, taste, and texture.

A… My Name is Alice – – – 

Decorative dishes will be custom made to feature Underground Railroad themes and African inspired fabric designs.

Positive iNK – – – 

We create an industry of apparel that fosters positivity by creating attire and accessories with positive affirmations and manifestation on them. POSITIVE iNk was created to do the exact opposite of those who bolster negativity on their apparel. We believe that if you’re going to promote a message it should be one of substance and have a positive impact on peoples’ lives.

Dr. Florence Brooks – – –

I use my books to inspire and educate, and to help people come to see the beauty in their lives.

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