Jeron Ravin, J.D., President and CEO of Swope Health, will participate in the first of a 10-month series of conversations sponsored by the African American Artists Collective.
This event occurs in two parts on Friday, July 30: first, from 1-2:30 pm with a conversation at the 21c Museum Hotel in Kansas City, and then from 7-9 pm, an evening social for action-centered connections and networking. Events are free and open to the public; registration is required at https://www.aaackc.org/testimony
The topic of the conversation is Testimony: The Misrepresentation of Black Men and Boys. From varying points of view, Black men will provide insight on what it takes to navigate the real world, maneuver through negative situations, and maintain a healthy mental, physical and spiritual existence. Questions will be posed by the moderator, Renee Blanche, host of the Night Tides radio program on KCUR-FM in Kansas City.
In addition to Ravin, participants are:
- Charles Bibbs – AAAC Advisor, Internationally Acclaimed Artist and Founder of B Graphics and Fine Arts
- Alvin Brooks – Lifetime Civil Rights Activist and Author of “Binding Us Together”
- Patrick Danley – Founder of BTC Building Brighter Futures
- Charles King – Founder/CEO of Kansas City Teacher Residency and Member of Brothers Liberating Our Community (BLOC)
- Rashima Kingsby – Owner of Optimum Homes KC
- Mike Patton – AAAC Member, Poet and Educator
- Payton Lee Towers – Third Grade Student from The Jegna Klub
- Johnny Waller, Jr. – Community Advocate for Ex-offenders and Educator
- Moses Wyatt, Jr. – Educator and Founder of The Jegna Klub
The July 30 evening social will include a live performance by Bobby Watson and art from the members of the African American Artists Collective. The collective invites local business, community, and educational organizations to register groups to attend. Seating is limited and available at no cost.
This independently organized event is associated with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Testimony Exhibition. The 10-month long series will feature local voices and resources under the theme of Relationships and Supportive Networks.