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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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Thursday, April 25

1:30pm CDT

Limited Capacity full

Playing games can be incredible experiences to help people connect. Great games can teach you about cultures, relationships, and the world around you. Games can even help you learn to problem-solve and communicate better. In this afternoon session, you'll have fun, work together, and talk about the day’s symposium.

Thursday April 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Event Space 2

1:30pm CDT

Limited Capacity filling up

Want to talk about what you have learned today? Share your thoughts in a small group discussion.

Thursday April 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Event Space 1

1:30pm CDT

Limited Capacity filling up

Stine will be leading participants through a yoga practice as an avenue for reflection.  In this session, participants will have an opportunity to stretch, balance and breathe to help process the weight of the day.

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Celestine Muhammad

Celestine “Stine” Muhammad is a seasoned yoga instructor with over 10 years of experience. Stine is a proud native of St. Louis and currently serves as a yoga instructor through her practice, “A Peace of Yoga”, which she co-founded with her daughter Amanda. Stine found the... Read More →

Thursday April 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Dance Studio

1:30pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

The publishing industry is finally keying in to the fact that people want to read books about different races, classes, families, situations, etc... which is fantastic! But it’s adults who are deciding what is published and who can write these stories – and sometimes these adults are getting books cancelled or postponed because they don’t meet the Internet standards. I’m tired of hearing what the adults think about diverse literature and want to know - what are you reading? What genres would you like to be reading? And what is annoying you about Twitter call out culture, in regards to books?

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Elena McVicar

Elena McVicar is the Youth Collections Specialist for the Johnson County Library, responsible for purchasing and maintaining the youth collections for all 14 branches. She is a gigantic kids lit nerd – and even has an MA in Children’s and Adolescent Literature from Simmons College... Read More →

Thursday April 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Museum Classroom

1:30pm CDT

Limited Capacity seats available

Poet Glenn North leads a writing reflection workshop on what you have heard today.

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Glenn North

Glenn North is the author of City of Song, a collection of poems inspired by Kansas City’s rich jazz tradition and the triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience. He is a Cave Canem fellow, a Callaloo creative writing fellow and a recipient of the Charlotte Street... Read More →

Thursday April 25, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rehearsal Studio B
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