YWCA and Lucas County Children Services Sponsor Anti-Racism
As part of its ongoing
effort to end structural racism in our community, the YWCA
of Northwest Ohio, in partnership with Lucas County Children
Services, will hold its annual Stand Against Racism
conference, April 22 and 23, from 1 to 5 p.m.
This year’s conference
will focus on, “The Trauma of Systemic Racism on Black
Families.” Thursday’s keynote speaker will be Barbara Love,
EdD, author and professor emeritus of social justice
education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She
returns to Toledo to discuss liberation, individual and
societal transformation, and social justice.
Love’s presentation will
be followed by discussions led by Michael W. Waters, DMin,
founding pastor of Abundant Life A.M.E. Church in Dallas,
Texas, and the author of the award-winning books, For
Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, and
Stakes Is High: Race, Faith, and Hope for America.
His wife, Yulise Reaves
Waters, Esq., will address incarceration and criminal
justice reform. Waters is deputy director of the Lone Star
Justice Alliance, a nonprofit legal organization in Texas
that improves the lives of youth and emerging adults in the
justice system and addresses racial disparities in the
criminal legal system.
On Friday, Jawanza Kunjufu
will provide the keynote address. He is the author of more
than 25 books about the challenges and obstacles that Black
boys encounter in education and American culture, including
Raising Black Boys, and 200 Plus Educational
Strategies to Teach Children of Color. His work has been
featured in Ebony and Essence, and he has been a guest on
BET and Oprah.
His presentation will be
followed by a “fireside debrief,” with Toledo-area leaders
from child welfare, education, mental and physical health,
law enforcement, and criminal justice. The panel will
discuss the ways that racism plays out for children and
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The final presenter will
be Adrienne Elhai, Ph.D., of Toledo’s Cullen Center and an
expert in treating childhood trauma.
Due to the continuing
COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be held virtually.
Tickets are $50, and include both the Thursday and Friday
sessions. Tickets are available at https:// vinyu.us/ywca.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Lisa
McDuffie for details.