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The Race Project KC Student Symposium is a day-long event that provides high school students with the opportunity to explore racism – it’s effects and potential solutions - using their minds, their hearts and their feet. Students from diverse schools and experiences will come together to reflect on Kansas City’s racial history, discuss racial equity and explore their own agency as they interact with local community change agents.
The 2019 event features best-selling authors:
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me, The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power) is the distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and winner of the 2015 National Book Award.
  • Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming, Harbor Me, Each Kindness, and more) is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and winner of many awards including the 2014 National Book Award and the Coretta Scott King Award.
  • Tanner Colby’s book, Some of My Best Friends Are Black, The Strange Story of Integration in America was nominated for the 2013 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-fiction. He has been working with Race Project KC since its inception and his book is an important part of the students’ education about the history of race in Kansas City, and in America, since the Civil Rights Movement.

Session Registration
Please register for sessions you would like to attend by Sunday, April 21 and avoid signing up for the same session twice in a row. If you are not registered on that date, you will be randomly assigned workshops for the day. (So pick them yourself and have way more fun!)

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Johnson County Library and its board members, officers and employees may disclaim any responsibility for the content of workshops offered by third party facilitators; they are not an expression of Library policy.
Thursday, April 25 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Youth & Community Activism FULL
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As students, it’s easy to get frustrated with the challenges of high school. Beyond just studying for the next test or handling the social pressures, I am referring to when you’re sitting there thinking... what does this have to do with my life and what do I want to do for a profession. When your concerned that your school is not preparing you for “the real world”, or doesn’t seem to talk about the issues you see on your feed on a day to day basis. This is meant to be a session to empower you to think about the how to collectively organize as a student body to create changes not just in your high school, but in your city, state and across this country.

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Nico Wiggins

Nico Wiggins is an educator turned media producer focused on cultivating conscious content and driving conversations around next generation social issues. Wiggins created Nico Giles Media to amplify the narrative around the challenges of our time. In his previous role at Kansas State... Read More →

Thursday April 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Dance Studio