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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.
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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 practice of yoga after her son David continuously encouraged her to “stretch” knowing the amounts of stress she was carrying personally and professionally. After years of practicing and recognizing the undeniable benefits that came with this healing modality, she decided to take the initiative to share yoga practices with her community. Stine is now certified in chair, prenatal, yin, senior, and trauma-informed yoga practices as well as dynamic mindfulness. Stine has made it her mission to demystify the practice of yoga and create safe spaces for healing and resiliency for all who need it.
Stine has been fortunate to align herself with several organizations. Stine is a circle facilitator for Off the Mat Into the World, an ambassador and trainer for the Niroga Institute, an advocate for Prison Yoga Project and supports local Kansas City organizations like Mother’s in Charge, Uzazi Village, and Alive and Well KC (Resilient KC).

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, April 25

1:30pm CDT