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The Family Gathering

Family conference with the focus on topics of interest to the African-American family in West Texas

The Britt Institute has announced plans for a family conference with the focus on topics of interest to the African-American family in West Texas, Aug. 10-11. The conference theme is "The Family Gathering" and includes specific topics and workshops, demonstrations and roundtable presentations geared toward the African-American family in Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo. The 1.5-day conference will be at Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 S. Oakes St.

Sherley Spears, founder of The Britt Institute said, "The conference has been designed to provide inspiration, information and empowerment to the African American families in this region, to move them to the next level of creating their family legacy." The conference is open to 8 years old through adults and will include a special off-site exploration at the San Angelo State Park, and a community service project in the community for youth. All participants will be inspired by a special motivational presentation by internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and author Johnny Wimbrey. Following the special presentation from Mr. Wimbrey, adult participants will experience a cultural "Roots Networking Reception," including a book signing by Mr. Wimbrey. The after-hours event is open to anyone who wishes to be inspired.

Several professionals and experts have accepted invitations to participate in the conference as presenters and speakers. One focus of the conference is geared to re-connect the church and the community, through a roundtable discussion about re-establishing relationships between the groups to help improve the lives of many marginalized members of the communities. Other participants in this important roundtable discussion will be business and community leaders. "It takes all of these components in todays society, to make a change for the better," said founder Sherley Spears. This roundtable event will take place on Saturday mid-afternoon.

Many members within the African-American community are impacted by social norms that do not mirror their cultural experiences at home. Assimilation to the current society often conflicts with what is a normal part of home training and family values. The workshops are separated into three tracks: 8-12 years, 13-17. and 18 years and older. Age-appropriate workshops on similar topics, including financial literacy, civic responsibility, intergenerational learning, health, work-ready and college preparation, social media safety concepts, and criminal justice in the 21st century for African-Americans. The conference begins at noon, Aug. 10. Check-in from online registrations begin at 10 am. No on-site registration will be available.

There is a one-price inclusive admission for the conference and special discounts for couples and families. The price includes all meals, special events, and the special motivational after-hours event with Wimbrey. Registration must be made in advance. Persons wishing to only attend the after-hours event are required to purchase advance admission separately for this event.

The Britt Institute has arranged for special lodging rates at local hotels and has acquired some sponsorship for the event. Additional sponsorship is needed to ensure all costs associated with hosting an event of this nature are delivered in a professional way.

For additional information, you may visit the website at or call 888-789-4711.