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Registration Open for Free Education and Civil Rights Youth Summit

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2021) — A new youth summit hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Education will examine how civil rights issues impact young people across the nation.  

Registration is free for “Get into Good Trouble: An Education & Civil Rights Youth Summit,” taking place online from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Sponsored by WesBanco, the summit is designed for youth ages 14 to 24 and adult allies nationwide. 

Youth who attend the summit will receive a certificate of completion to add to their resume and free NAACP membership (first 100 youth to register). Prize drawings will take place during the summit. Youth must attend at least 50% of the summit to be eligible for incentives. 

The summit is part of UK’s Education and Civil Rights Initiative in Collaboration with the NAACP. The UK College of Education and the NAACP, the nation’s largest and most preeminent civil rights organization, launched their groundbreaking collaboration in August 2020 in the college’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation

“We will talk with youth about the power they have to change systems and about what they think it meant when the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis talked about getting into ‘good trouble,’” said Gregory Vincent, executive director of the Education and Civil Rights Initiative in Collaboration with the NAACP. Vincent, who holds both a law degree and doctorate of education, is a professor in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. 

Topics will include: 

  • Civic Engagement & National Vote Early Day 

  • Financial Literacy as a Civil Right 

  • Economic Empowerment 

  • How to be an Ally 

  • Radical Self Care 

  • Knowledge as Power 

Featured summit speakers include:  

  • Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP; 

  • Adora Obi Nweze, chair of the Education and Civil Rights Initiative Advisory Board; 

  • Ivory Toldson, NAACP vice president of Education and Innovation Research and professor at Howard University; 

  • Wisdom Cole, NAACP national director of Youth and College Division;

  • P.G. Peeples, president and CEO of the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County; 

  • W. Teddy McDaniel, president and CEO of the Central Carolinas Urban League; and 

  • Abdul Muhammad, senior vice president, regional sales manager at WesBanco.

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