Black Women’s Blueprint
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
April 29-30, 2017

To Our Honored Guests,

We are excited that you will be joining us for Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in New York City. We have created this information packet in order to provide you with information regarding this exciting and historic process and list of events. Please take a moment to read the information below. It offers specific details regarding the general logistical information for the four-day schedule from April 29 - 30, 20117.

In addition to attending the main events at the historic Riverside Church, the African Burial Ground in the City Hall Area and the United Nations, you are cordially invited to our Truth, Recognition and Reconciliation Gala Celebration of survivors, as well as American and Transnational Feminists from across the African Diaspora and African Continent with key leaders of Black Women’s Blueprint. The Gala Celebration will take place Friday, April 29, 2016 at 9:30 am –3:30pm.

BWTRC Schedule April 28 – May 1, 2016 At A Glance:

The Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission NYC events will begin on Thursday, April 28 through May 1, 2016. PLEASE REGISTER/RSVP FOR THE TRC.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Survivor and Advocates Convening at the Historic Riverside Church and Auburn Seminary
(9-4pm) Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10027
(4-7pm for Advocates and Healers) Auburn Seminary, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115

Friday, April 29, 2016

Commemorative ceremony, Tribunal at the African Burial Ground in the City Hall Area, Transnational Panel on Justice at the U.N. and Evening Gala Celebration.
(9:30am) African Burial Ground, 290 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
(10:30am) City Hall, Lower Manhattan, New York City
(1:30pm 3:30pm) United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017 (Economic and Social Council Chamber)
(6pm– 9pm) U.N. Delegates Dining Room United Nations Headquarters, 405 East 42nd Street, New York.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Healing and Reconciliation: For Ourselves and the Future Generation of Black Girls
(10am-5pm) United Nations Church Center at 777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York, NY 10017

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Drafting a Declaration – International Day of Black Women’s Resistance
(10:30am – 5pm) Museum of Women’s Resistance at Black Women’s Blueprint
279 Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11225
347-533-9102 | 347-533-9103


Flight/Train Travel Arrangements

Black Women’s Blueprint encourages you to make your own travel arrangements into New York City’s LaGuardia or JFK airports, or via Amtrak to New York City’s Penn Station.

The event has limited funding and is unable to pay for travel and lodging except for specific guests, but we have secured a reduced rate at the Hilton Manhattan East, 304 East 42nd Street. We encourage you to consider covering your own travel and lodging or please ask your employers, houses of worship, local domestic violence or sexual assault coalitions and organizations assist with a travel stipend.

For those whose hotel and lodging we have arranged to cover, please email Office Manager at as soon as possible in order to complete your travel arrangements. In your email,

please include:

1 . Your full name as it appears on your identification
2. Your date of birth
3. The City from which you will be departing
4. The airport from which you will departing
5. The date and times you’d like to arrive into New York City for (Between April 27 (evening prior to TRC through May 1, 2016 last day of events)
6. The time you’d like to depart from New York City (May 1, 2016)

Hotel Reservations

Hilton Manhattan East
To Call Hotel for Reservations
To reserve your hotel room, please contact:
304 East 42nd Street, Manhattan, NY 10017, (212) 986-8800

Special rates are available on a first come, first served basis at the Hilton Manhattan East. Rooms are likely to fill up quickly. Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Group rates are available until April 20, 2016.

Directions and Transportation to Hilton Manhattan East

Hilton Manhattan East is conveniently located in New York’s East Side at the corner of 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue just steps away from the United Nations. It is also close to Central Park, Time Square and New York’s best shopping and dining.

The Hilton Manhattan East Hotel is conveniently located near major New York City airports. Please take into consideration heavier than expected traffic and inclement weather. The transporting fees are based on Airport Taxis:

Ground Transportation: Taxis and Subways

Transportation to and from the hotel or anywhere in NYC and/or throughout the city can be acquired via yellow taxi “cab” or via the New York City subway and bus system. For information on using yellow cabs in New York City, visit: For information on using the New York City transit system, visit:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK):

30-45 minutes away – 15 miles flat fare of $45.00 plus tolls and tip

LaGuardia International Airport (LGA):

15-25 minutes away – 10 miles metered ride around $30.00 plus tolls and tip

Newark International Airport (EWR):

30-45 minutes away – 18 miles amount on meter plus a $15 surcharge in addition to taxi meter rates, plus tolls and tip

To reach the hotel by train:

Closest station is Grand Central Terminal, 2 blocks from hotel. You will find all Metro-North trains and #4, #5, #6, #7, and S subway lines.

To reach the hotel by bus:

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is 8 blocks from the hotel. In Port Authority you will find New Jersey Transit buses, other commuter and long-distance buses, and S, #1, #2, #3, #7, and #9 subway lines.

Hotel check-in time

Is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. You may contact the hotel at the number provided below if you require early check-in or check-out. Valet parking is available between $55-$65 for up to 25 hours. In and out privileges are $10 per use.

Hotel Overview:

An intimate retreat in the heart of midtown Manhattan, the 300-room Hilton Manhattan East is a historic landmark recently renovated to New York-chic boutique hotel status. Located at 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue in “East Midtown Manhattan” and near the architecturally renowned Tudor City neighborhood, Hilton Manhattan East is an awesome option for both leisure and business travelers to New York City. The hotel is one block from United Nations and three short blocks to iconic Grand Central Terminal and mere minutes away from Fifth Avenue and New York City shopping, Rockefeller Center, the Broadway Theatre District and Times Square. The hotel is a 100% smoke-free facility with stylish and comfortable rooms, an innovative Herb N’ Kitchen grab ‘n’ go market-style dining concept, a state-of-the-art fitness center and 24-hour business center. This New York Manhattan hotel in Midtown is easily accessible by car, Grand Central Station, Penn Station trains, the subway, and airports.

More Affordable Options

To make this occasion accessible to as many as possible, we offer more affordable options and information concerning sharing rooms, housing, dining affordably. To find out more about these options, please contact Share at Black Women’s Blueprint, (347) 533-9102 or (347) 533-9103.


Except for a few exceptions, i.e. the April 29, 2016 evening Gala Celebration, you will be responsible for your meals. New York is home to some of the best, most affordable and varied restaurants.


During the month of April in New York City, the average high is 63°F (17°C) and the average low is 43°F (6°C). Please consult for more accurate information before your trip.


The attire for the events and workshops are casual to business casual. The attire for the Gala on April 29, 2016 is formal. The attire for any related events is business casual or casual. Remember to bring appropriate clothing for possible rain and comfortable shoes for moving around the large UN venue and other venues in Manhattan. New York is a walking town.


For additional questions or information contact Black Women’s Blueprint’s Senior Project Manager Kimm at or Assistant Executive Director Frederica at