African-American Women Tour, Boost Self-Worth

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Linda Shaw, of St. Louis, said she couldn't afford to attend a conference here focusing on the needs of black women, so instead she volunteered to work there.

Shaw, a social worker, greeted participants with warm smiles Friday as they signed in for the weekend retreat dedicated to their trials and successes as black women.

The African-American Women on Tour has drawn about 300 women to the Adam's Mark Hotel this weekend.

"It's a time for African-American women to focus on their self-worth, their intellect and issues impacting their lives," said Maria Carothers executive producer of the tour.

Avis Hendersen,of Chicago, hopped on a plane to attend the conference here.

"This event is for me - the black woman. I will learn more about my power and leave with the knowledge to encourage other black women at my job."

Hendersen is an affirmative action manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Carothers said the tour brought together black women of all socio-economic, educational and cultural backgrounds with authors, activists and trend-setters. …