NIA Gathering '17 will soon be here!

Hello NIA Sistahs, Friends and Supporters! We are COUNTING down to "RISE" - The 2017 NIA Gathering. I am very excited to see you all, and I am so ready for my NIA hugs and smiles, to be surrounded by my Sistahs that always make my heart smile and a weekend of laughter. This year’s NIA truly reflects her theme, having made an about face from uncertainty to celebrating 30 years ... what a wonderful accomplishment! Not only do I have the honor of being one of the Founding Mothers, I was able to return and be a part of the NIA change, the NIA "RISE," working alongside Sistahs that share the same passion and love for our African ancestry and the importance of our annual Sistah Space. The NIA Board is doing a fantastic job of planning a Special 30th, starting with the honoring of Mary “Midgett” - NIA Founding Mother, a poet, teacher and Sistah who has touched the lives of many while always wearing a smile. The NIA Collective realizes the importance, and the value in recognizing and celebrating those women that stood and said “We must do this.”  THANK YOU, Midgett, for your participation in the birth of NIA and for your continued support.   AND ... many thanks to ALL the Sistahs that have stood on the NIA path - as board members, workshop facilitators, donators of all kind and more - to ensure the continual growth and survival of the NIA Spirit! Read on to make sure you're set for this year's Gathering ... we look forward to seeing you soon! Tolanda McKinney President


The NIA Special Gathering Price will end soon! Register Today! Workshop Shop Call Out has been extended! See more info below. NIA Market Place - Are you a vendor who wants to sell? See below. Have you seen the NIA Sponsorship Packet? Contact us to get yours and share it with family, friends, colleagues and more! If you can’t attend, donate $30 to help a Sistah do so! NIA’s 30th Anniversary Saturday Night Talent Show is always a great time and a chance for you to express your creative talents. This year, the best act will win a free registration for the 2018 NIA Gathering! Have you seen our new NIA website? Please visit us at ... and thank you for your patience while we are under construction.    Be on the lookout for the NIA 50/50 Raffle … it’s coming …    Share your NIA story by telling us how the NIA Gathering has impacted your life. Be a part of the NIA News by emailing us at   It would be wonderful to hear from former NIA Board members regarding your experiences over the years. Email us at or call (510) 520-1715.
CALL OUT FOR VENDORS Join us as a vendor and display your gifts and talents. Be a vendor at the NIA Market Place by contacting Kibibi Sudan at or 404.396.4458.
NIA 2017 CALL FOR WORKSHOPS  We are excited to celebrate this year’s theme — "RISE!" It is a testimony of our resilience and our will to move forward on the shoulders of our rich NIA legacy. We now are accepting workshops that reflect the state of “rising” up or moving forward as black lesbian warriors as we realize and honor our greatness and our need for each other as sisters across the globe. You are encouraged to use your creativity, expertise and background to provide our guests with healthy and culturally-affirming tools, strategies, inspiration, information and resources that promote our self-care and empowerment during these trying times Workshops will be on Saturday, Nov. 18, and run 90 minutes each. Only one submission per person is permitted. In your proposal, use one paragraph (2-3 sentences) to describe how your topic ties into this year’s theme of “RISE!” and include the following:
  • Workshop Title
  • Workshop Presenter(s)
  • A 50-word or less bio of each presenter
  • The purpose and goal(s) of the workshop
If your workshop is accepted, you will receive a notice and additional information by Oct. 27. Be aware that Walker Creek Ranch does  have is WIFI SERVICE   not any audio-visual , feel free to use the email address above if you have any questions. We look forward to your submission
We are celebrating 30 GREAT YEARS - so please share this with your friends and others so we have a Gathering to remember!