NAACP Youth Council to host Women’s History Month discussion

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Community members are invited to join the Lawrence NAACP Youth Council for a social event in honor of Women’s History Month.

The youth council will be hosting a Women and GNC (gender nonconforming) Night on Wednesday, where those in attendance will “share our experiences, celebrate ourselves, and strengthen our community,” according to a flyer on the organization’s Instagram page. It will also be an opportunity to highlight strides women of color across the world have made, according to the flyer.

High school students formed the Lawrence NAACP Youth Council this year to represent youth voices and work alongside the Lawrence Branch of the NAACP.

Wendo Kimori, Free State High School senior and founder and president of the youth council, said the group held an event last month where they donated between 200 and 300 meals to the Winter Emergency Shelter and Willow Domestic Violence Center. The group also kept busy with Black History Month events and planning ideas for the future, Kimori said. 

Because February was so packed, and with March being Women’s History Month, Kimori said this gathering will be the perfect balance of low-pressure socializing and meaningful dialogue.

“We’ll learn about and celebrate and acknowledge the advancements women of color have made, specifically Black women in the scene of racial equity and advancing the welfare of colored people around the United States,” Kimori said. “The theme of the night is really intersectionality and what it’s like to be both a person of color and a woman, for example, because it’s often not talked about enough. That’s often left out of the conversations when it comes to things like feminism.”

The youth council’s Women and GNC Night is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 in Meeting Room B at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. 

Free refreshments will be provided. No registration is required to attend, and all are welcome, Kimori said.

“Just show up, and bring a friend if you want to,” Kimori said.

Visit this link to read more about the Lawrence NAACP Youth Council. Follow the organization’s Instagram page and Facebook page to keep up with their work.

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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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