February 2, 2017

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Wichita Organizations Partner for Program on Conversations of Race

The Wichita Public Library is partnering with the Wichita Police Department and a dozen community organizations to offer a series of programs designed to encourage discussion about race issues in Wichita.

The program, "Candid Conversations: A Discussion of Race in Wichita," will offer a variety of programs at locations across Wichita to address current issues of race including racial profiling, voting rights, and Wichita's role in the Civil Rights movement. Events include a panel presentation with Wichita's Chief of Police Gordon Ramsey as well as presentations by published authors on Kansas studies on race and racial profiling. 

Candid Conversations is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kansas Humanities Council. 

Partnering community organizations include:

  • Community Operation Recovery Empowerment
  • Greater Wichita Ministerial League
  • Kansas Appleseed
  • League of Women Voters-Wichita Metro
  • NAACP Youth Council 
  • Real Men, Real Heroes
  • Urban League of Kansas
  • Urban Prep Academy
  • Wichita Public Schools
  • Wichita State University's School of Community Affairs
  • Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The first program is February 8 at the Central Library. Candid Conversation events will continue through this summer. All programs are free and open to the public. Find the list of scheduled programs and their descriptions at

Wichita Public Library provides collections and services that inform, entertain and enrich the quality of life in Wichita. For more information, visit
City Communications
(316) 268-4351

Library Marketing & Communications
Stephanie Huff
(316) 261-8524

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