FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National/Los Angeles, CA â€“(March 14, 2011) Christelyn D. Karazin, founder and organizer of No Wedding No Womb! â„¢(NWNW), an initiative to raise awareness and reduce the rate of African American children born to single-parent households, will speak at the 14th AnnualÂ National Black Herstory Conference at Emory University on Thursday, March 24, 2011, from 4:50pm – 5:45pm during Conference Session 3 at the Whitehead Biomedical Research Auditorium.
â€œI am so honored to have the opportunity to speak out in front of such an esteemed audience and university about this grassroots movement,â€ says Karazin. â€œOut-of-wedlock births is not just a â€˜black problem.â€™ it affects all Americans economically and socially. Iâ€™m excited to spread the word about what No Wedding No Womb stands for as well as enumerate our goals for the future.â€
Henrietta Turnquest, attorney, former Georgia State Representative and founder and vice-president of Women of Color Public Policy and Educational Institute, Inc., Poet, political organizer, lecturer and mother, Sista Ren, Vanessa Jackson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of Healing Circles, Inc., and Leroy Davis, Jr. Associate Professor, Emory University Department of History and African American Studies, and many other notable participants will also present.
For more information about the Herstory Conference, visit www.blackherstory.org.
About No Wedding No Womb!
No Wedding No Womb!â„¢ is a grassroots initiative to help reduce the estimated 73% out-of-wedlock rate in the black community. It is a call for both men and women to take into account the trauma that motherless and fatherless children experience. NWNW advocates that men and women abstain from fathering and mothering children they cannot financially, emotionally and physically care for who are subsequently more susceptible to dropping out of school, abuse, drug addiction, crime and imprisonment.
On September 22, 2010, over 100 bloggers, artists and entertainers participated in the NWNW initiative by creating blogs and videos about the OOW epidemic. On the night of the launch, the No Wedding No Womb! Twitter hashtag (#NWNW) was tweeted over 100,000 times. It was covered by the Associated Press, NPR, Essence, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and hundreds of other newspaper, radio and online sites.
The NWNW website is www.noweddingnowomb.com
About Christelyn D. Karazin, founder and organizer
Christelyn is the co-author of â€œSwirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture and Creed.â€ She also runs the popular blog, www.beyondblackwhite.com
No Wedding No Womb! was created in homage to her oldest child, who was born out-of-wedlock, to inspire her and all children like her, to do better, reach farther, and expect more. For more information, interviews or commentary about NWNW, contact founder Christelyn D. Karazin (951) 203-1313 or email at karazin(at)sbcglobal(dot)net. For a full list of participants and FAQs go to www.noweddingnowomb.com.