Lawrence BIPOC-led organizations to host community Racial Unity Event

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BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) organizations in Lawrence are collaborating to lead a Racial Unity Event, featuring a program with a free potluck meal.


B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence (Black Literature and Arts Collective of Kansas), the Indigenous Community Center and Sanctuary Alliance created the intercultural event to rally the Lawrence community around local activism, according to a news release. The event on Saturday will cap off Martin Luther King Jr. Day week with discussions of racial equity concepts, such as reparations.

“Speakers will focus on racial unity, healing and reparations, and the event will center BIPOC voices,” the news release said.

In addition to speakers and a community potluck, there will be musical performances, poetry, and arts and crafts for young people. B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence, the Indigenous Community Center and Sanctuary Alliance members will also share about the ongoing work of their organizations and other BIPOC-led groups.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Holcom Park Recreation Center’s Bly Room, 2700 W. 27th St. in Lawrence. It’s free to attend and all ages are welcome.

Visit this link to sign up to contribute to the potluck meal. Those interested in speaking, performing or vending, or those with additional questions, can email

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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