The Society's John Brown Institute, chaired by GinaKaye Maddox, will be hosting its February Community Talk Back as a Youth Summit for 8th - 12 grade students. Reva Golden, the Society's education and outreach coordinator and Community Talk Back founder, is working with the Shaw JCC and The Lippman School where the program will be hosted from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. the event is sponsored in part by County Executive Ilene Shapiro, Summit County Job and Family Services.
"We Have a Voice Too" is the theme that will gather students to talk about today's problems and allow them to discussion solutions through their own community engagement. Local organizations and universities will have booths on site in the morning through lunch for attendees to learn how they can engage, learn and volunteer in the various opportunities.
The keynote speaker will be Romeo Travis, retired professional basketball player, local high school basketball coach and motivational speaker.
Towanda Mullins, chair of the Sojourner Truth Project, will give an overview of the work occuring in Akron to recognize Truth and her most famous speech presented here on May 29, 1851 known as "Ain't I a Woman?"
The event is free and includes a lunch cooked by the Shaw JCC staff. Registation is required via EventBrite or by contacting Reva Golden at the Society office - 330.535.1120.