The 39th Annual International Education Conference of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) will explore the African presence in Spain during a 10-day conference that will be based in Madrid.

The forum will be held from Aug. 9 to Aug. 19 and explore the cities of Madrid, Merida, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Barcelona. It will feature presenters and panel discussions on African culture, art, history, and social issues.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Runoko Rashidi, Historian and Anthropologist, will be joining us as our expert guide during our travel,” J. Toni Oliver, the association’s national president, announced April 19. “We will have an unprecedented opportunity to gain a first hand, comprehensive overview of the history, influence, and aftermath of the Moors in Spain.”

While exploring majestic sites such as the Black Madonna of Madrid, the Roman Amphitheatre archeological site, the Great Mosque, and the Moorish palace and fortress complex of Alhambra, conferees will also have a chance to reconnect with their ancestry and delve deep into critical thinking and analytical work.

“NABSW’s International Conferences are designed to explore countries throughout the African Diaspora and bring together U.S. human service providers with their indigenous counterparts to discuss issues of mutual relevance and concern and follow the African footprint throughout the world,” Dr. Sevaughn Banks, International Conference Chair, said in a statement

Attendees will have an opportunity to tour and present donations to local organizations, visit museums, engage in rustic eatery’s and see exhibits. Hub ports traveling to the conference will be located at the JFK airport in New York and LAX in Los Angeles.

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