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Johnson Co. NAACP Examines Diversity in Community

By Amber Versola
Advocacy | July 16, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The Johnson County NAACP is bringing together local politicians and activists to address some of the political and social issues at the forefront of society.

Host of KCUR's Central Standard show, Jabulani Leffall, will moderate "The NAACP in the 21st Century: A Diverse Perspective."

This forum will give community leaders an opportunity to critically explore current issues. It will be held from 1 to 3 PM on Saturday, July 30th at the West Wyandotte Branch of the Kansas City Kansas Public Library (1737 N 82nd Street, KCK).

The panel will feature Kansas City, MO Mayor Sly James, civil rights activist Alvin Brooks, Unified Government of Wyandotte County Commissioner Tarence Maddox, local teacher and political activist Joe Ross, and recent KS NOW lobbyist, community activist (and writer of this article) Amber Versola.

While addressing the controversies in the local battle for equality, panelists will look at various topics. Economic opportunities, affirmative action, reproductive rights, access to health care, the role of religious leaders, human sexuality, and the relationships between different minority groups will be discussed.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Please join the JOCO NAACP for a conversation that is intended to move both the organization and our communities forward.


2 Comments

If this is the Johnson County NAACP, why are they bringing in only people from the Missouri side?


Hi Brad,
To the best of my knowledge, only two of the 5 panelists are from the MO side. Those two panelists are well respected leaders in the greater KC area. This is the first of many panels that the JOCO NAACP PAC would like to organize - which will likely include a wide variety of people from all areas of the metro.


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