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Mariam I. Williams

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Mariam I. Williams is a writer, dancer, educator, and public historian born in Kentucky and living in Philadelphia, PA. She has been writing about sex, religion, race, and gender since 2009 and has been published in Longreads, Salon, The Feminist Wire, and National Catholic Reporter. She holds black women at the center of her work and believes in affirming sexuality as a part of affirming black womanhood. Mariam founded and designed the online course series, “How to Transform Silence into Language and Action.” Name for the seminal essay by black feminist poet, essayist, and theorist Audre Lorde, the course teaches black women how to reclaim their voices, claim their space, and affirm their black womanhood through dance, creative writing, and black feminism. Mariam is currently working on a memoir about letting go of sexually repressive religious teaching and returning to more of the black feminist teaching she was unwittingly raised with.

Talking to Religiously Conservative Teens about Sex

August 17 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters: Mariam I. Williams, Janielle Bryan

As many of us embrace this era of sexual liberation, we often forget about populations whose religious beliefs permit sexual activity only within heterosexual marriage. We may also forget that many people within these populations are teenagers--the very group that may have the most questions about sex and sexuality. We know proper sex education empowers teens and helps them prevent pregnancy and STDs, but what about when the information teens desire about sex is also spiritual in nature. What is…

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