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2018 Speakers

Judith Craig Morency is a transracial, transnational, foundling adoptee from Haiti, adopted into a white Canadian family in the early 1980’s. Judith is a registered Social Worker specializing in Fostering&Adoption. Over the past 10 year’s Judith’s professional experiences have reflected a diverse portfolio. She has worked in child welfare, fostering, private adoption, developed/facilitated workshops for adoptive parents and professionals

Edna Bland is a certified educator, teaching artist, puppeteer and arts integration specialist. She has dedicated her life to helping people discover their god-given gifts and talents. She has honed her knowledge and skills at such prestigous institutions as The Kennedy Center's VSA and CETA programs, Lincoln Center Education's Teaching Artist program at  the Juilliard School and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England. She has been a guest classroom speaker at all three of her college alma maters, a  workshop presenter for national arts organizations and includes a Creative Arts Ministry workshop in Rome, Italy. 

Dr. Darron Smith is an African American scholar, author and blogger. His research and scholarly writing focuses on social injustices impacting African Americans and other marginalized groups in the US. His work includes the study and impact of race on US health care, the practice of white parents adopting black and biracial children, religion, sports, politics and other pertinent subject matters of present time


October 26-28, 2018 Green Lake Conference Center

W2511 State Highway 23, Green Lake, Wisconsin 54941

Umoja Inc
Past Speakers

Shannon Gibney • Melissa Cheslock • Mr Brian Heat • Jasmine Babineaux • South Shore Drill Team • Mr. Chad Goller-Sojourner • Ms. Susan Harris O-Conner • Ms. Ty Lewis • Ms Kucha Brownledd and Baba Tony Brown • Ms. Lisa Marie Rollins • Mr. Keith (i'm possible) Brown • NAJWA Dance Corp • Ms. Angela Tucker • Ms. Rhonda Roorda • John Raible • Ayodele Drum and Dance • Mr. Kevin Hofmann and many, many more.

What can we expect will happen at the Break-Out Sessions and Activities?

The agenda is still developing, but you can expect these or similar programs:
  • Age appropriate Afrocentric games and activities.
  • Mankala (Ayo), African dancing..., story telling.
  • Interactive activities about history and culture.
  • Family adult based workshops on transracial adoptions.
  • Braiding workshops for children and families.
  • Raising Black sons and daughters: What do I do?
  • Speakers who "walk the talk"..did that, done that, it worked!
  • "I am me" workshops for children
  • Drumming activities
  • Soul food dinner

2018 Itinerary

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM       Registration and check in
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM       Dinner
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM       Evening Family Activites
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        Breakfast
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM      Break out sessions for children and parents
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM      Lunch
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM        Break out sessions for children and parents
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM        Dinner
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM      Cultural Performance,
                                      Dance Party and Silent Auction

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM       Closing Celebration
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM     Soul Food Brunch