The Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health and Beauty Expo features two full days of informative workshops, panel discussions, live musical performances, belly dancing, soul line dancing, self-defense for women, live food demonstrations, children’s workshops, a Kuumba marketplace full of gifted craftspeople, talented vendors, service providers from around the country, cultural fashion show, and a stunning natural hair show and competition. The Conference also features leading experts from the natural wholistic health and natural hair care field, world-renowned scholars, authors, activists, and artists from a myriad of professions.
A common misconception is that you “must have locks to attend” — which is simply not true. With its vast array of workshops, panels, products and information the Conference serves as an example of self-determination, the power of collective work and responsibility, and Black unity. Organized by The Kuumba Family Organizing Committee, the unique conference is on a quest to raise consciousness, promote cultural awareness, and provide education about wholistic health and wellness.
Today in the Black community there are loud passionate cries for change: more jobs, better education, decent housing, social justice, and community empowerment, stop the violence, the drugs, and foreclosures, strong calls for reparations as a remedy for past and present injustices, and the elimination of institutional racism.One common thread that weaves its way through all of the cries and multiple demonstrations is the ever growing awareness for increased self-determination.
Presenters at the conference address Indigenous rights, Black entrepreneurship and business development, and celebrate the natural beauty and rich African and Aboriginal Indigenous heritage. The organizers also bring an alternative message to today’s youth. Instead of accepting a constant state of being “drugged up and dumbed down,” participants stress that the struggles of parents, grandparents, and ancestors must be honored and respected. In addition this year, attendees will be part of the initial launch event for celebrating October as INTERNATIONAL BLACK HAIRitage Month.
As you can see the conference is much broader than “locks”. Attendees connect with freedom advocates, business professionals, wholistic health experts, and community organizers have committed themselves to making a difference. This year due to the increased need for clarity and balance, the theme of the Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health & Beauty Expo is Truth Revealed: Natural is Back–Natural Hair, Health, Childbirth, and Indigenous Rights. The 2011 conference will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, from 11AM to 8:30 PM at the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School in Philadelphia.
By popular demand the conference will again include a wholistic health, healing, and wellness pavilion offering a wide variety of demonstrations and services such as massage, reflexology, muscle testing, Reiki, ionic foot baths, herbal remedies, and soul sweat /aquatic therapy. In addition to workshops and panel discussions, there will be a lively community forum dealing with the importance of Indigenous and African heritage.
Some of the guest speakers and presenters include the exciting Voices of Africa, Watoto from the Nile, Urban Shamans, Amaris, Autum Ashante, Jus Greg, One Lion Ra, Aziza Kinteh, Rahnda Rise, Pat McLean; authors Dalani Aamon, Dr. Kamau and Nana Mawiyah Kambon, Dr. Sunyatta Amen, Kevin A. Muhammad, Marketer and Community Activist Norm Bond, Professor Salim Ali, and Dr. Akosua Ali-Sabree; Dr. Ali Muhammad, Dr. Safiyyah Shabazz, Elizabeth Wellington, Queen Mutima Imani, Dr. Akmal Muwwakkil, Pam Africa; wholistic health experts El HaGahn, Mamma K, Dr. Rafiq Abdul-Malik, Ras Ben, and Zakiyyah Ali.
The Annual International Locks Conference a private not-for-profit community event organized by the Kuumba Family Organizing Committee and the Hair-ITAGE Society; is sponsored by Leroi and Cinzia Simmons Full Service Salon; Unitees, Inc.; Chic Afrique; Amadi Wellness Connection; the Money School; Ujima Press RC; Sweet Spot Desserts; Locs Socks; Nubian Essence; GMI Contractors, and Zaki Associates; a small donation is requested. For more information, to volunteer, or to register for our annual hair show and competition, contact the Kuumba family at 1-888-305-3186 or log onto the web site: http://www.Locksconference.com or email: info@LocksConference.com