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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!)


Photo Disclaimer: The Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center is a public building, by attending this event you agree that your image may be used for promotional purposes by Johnson County Library, Johnson County Parks and Recreation and their partners.

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.

Student FAQs
What do I do if the workshop I wanted to attend is full?
Select your second choice! We have limited space and lots of passionate students, so while we try to make room for everyone it isn't always possible. Sorry!
Is food provided?
Yes, snacks and water will be available throughout the day and we will serve pizza for lunch. If you have a dietary restriction please contact jcl-raceproject@jocolibrary.org.
What can I bring into the event?
Bring as little as you need to get by for the day. You will be moving from session to session throughout the day and it will make things run more smoothly if you travel light.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If you have any questions about the Race Project KC Student Symposium, please email jcl-raceproject@jocolibrary.org.

Educator FAQs
What time should we plan to arrive and depart?
Please plan to arrive by 8:15. This will give students enough time to check in and get settled before the day begins.
All activities will be over at 2:30 and your busses may pick you up.
Any special instructions for our bus driver?
Busses can drop off and pick up at the front doors of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212). If your bus is staying for the whole day, they may park in the South end of the lot.
Is food provided?
Yes, snacks and water will be available throughout the day and we will serve pizza for lunch. If you have a student with a dietary restriction please contact jcl-raceproject@jocolibrary.org.
What can I bring into the event?
Bring as little as you need to get by for the day. You will be moving from session to session throughout the day and it will make things run more smoothly if you travel light.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
If you have any questions about the Race Project KC Student Symposium, please email jcl-raceproject@jocolibrary.org.