Black History Month events & reads

During February we are hosting events with local partners in celebration of Black History Month. These events focus on the history of Black-owned businesses, current local Black entrepreneurs, and the historical trauma of Black women and strategies to establish unapologetic boundaries. We also recommend excellent books for all ages.

Boss: The Black Experience in Business
Film and Conversation

Tue, Feb 8, 6-8:30pm in the Edge watch the PBS special “Boss: The Black Experience in Business.” This film focuses on early African American entrepreneurs who overcame tremendous odds to provide the backbone of the nation’s economic and social growth. Attendees will learn about these business leaders’ skill, industriousness, ingenuity and sheer courage. Michael Odupitan will moderate a discussion after the film. Space is limited reserve a seat today.

Black Entrepreneurial Excellence

Tue, Feb 15, 6-8pm S.J. Hazim, Lazone Grays Jr. and Imagene Harris will share wisdom, resources and experiences related to the Black entrepreneurship experience. Attend this Black Entreprenuerial Excellence event in-person in Marvin Auditorium BC or by Zoom. Hazim and Grays will share their stories, experiences and lessons learned. Harris will discuss NetWork Kansas’s Minority Multiplier Fund and resources for Black and minority entrepreneurs. Register to attend online.

Unapologetic Boundaries: Historical Trauma of Black Women

Sat, Feb 26, 10.m – noon Dr. Shanta Marie Smith will explore the importance of establishing unapologetic boundaries to combat the historical marginalization and oppression of Black women. Register to attend Unapologetic Boundaries: Historical Trauma of Black Women by Zoom. Library card not required to attend.

This event subtitled The Radical Self-Care That Can Not Wait is presented by The Topeka (KS) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. This event will examine the concept of intersectional identity-based discrimination and how it manifests in the lived experiences of Black women. Participants will learn practical radical self-care strategies that can be used to establish unapologetic boundaries that will prepare them to resist, mitigate and interrupt the destructive impact of trauma in their personal and professional lives.

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