Black History Month Community Forum: Featuring Dr. Dorothy Cotton

Published on February 2, 2012 | Written by

History provides us with several illustrations of how young people, armed with vision, purpose and knowledge, have been pioneers in efforts for social justice and systemic change. As part of a larger strategy to improve systems that develop leadership capacity of African-American youth, Youthprise in partnership with Cultural Wellness Center and Sabathani Community Center will host a Black History Month Community Forum on February 23, 2012 featuring legendary Civil Rights activist Dr. Dorothy Cotton. As the former Education Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and a member of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inner circle, Dr. Cotton was one of the most highly respected women in the Civil Rights movement.

A long-time advocate for youth empowerment, Dr. Cotton will use her signature blend of artistry, wit, candor and wisdom to communicate the importance of mobilizing youth to transform society and systems. This youth-driven event will also include an intergenerational panel with six advocates and thought leaders representing a cross-section of the Twin Cities’ African-American community. The discussion will focus on empowering African-American youth and exploring strategies to form, support and sustain cross-sector collaborations aimed at closing the opportunity gap.

In addition, the Forum will include artistic presentations by local youth, a performance by Sabathani’s own senior dance crew “Still Kickin,” as well as a segment that will honor heroes and sheroes – both living and deceased who have led the way in advancing youth empowerment. The program will close with a performance by an intergenerational choir, featuring High School for Recording Arts and the Grammy-Award Winning Sounds of Blackness.

Date: February 23, 2012

Time: 5:00p.m. – 5:30p.m. – Healthy Snacks Served

5:45p.m. – Program Begins

Location: Sabathani Community Center

310 East 38th St. #200

Minneapolis, MN 55409

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