Wasim Kahn and Andrea Smith of Baraza African Cultures Center exploring what unites us and what divides us

Wasim Kahn, CEO of Baraza African Cultures Center  is a Certified Diversity Professional and is Yan-Koloba Certified and has vast experience working with immigrants, refugees & indigenous peoples. He has spent 30 years working cross-culturally and in international business.

Andrea Smith, Chief Education Officer of Baraza African Cultures Center is a Certified Diversity Professional, Certified Diversity Trainer, Certified Leadership & Team Building Trainer, Certified Safe Space Trainer, is Yan-Koloba Certified and has extensive experience working with immigrants, refugees & indigenous peoples. She has over 30 years educational experience teaching on three continents and with people of all ages.

Black in Kansas City is the first steps in an exploration of the diversity of Black communities that have contributed to and helped shape Kansas City today. While all may have roots that go back to Africa, the routes communities and families have taken – or been taken on – have brought divergent experiences and histories for Black people in our community.

Black in Kansas City will explore what unites and what divides. It will look at the richness in the diversity of the cultures, histories and nationalities that are part of Kansas City today.

This is a three-part series. The first focus is on men who are leaders in their communities. The panel discussion takes place Tuesday, October 3, 2003, 6pm at the Truman Auditorium, Kansas City Public Library: Plaza Branch, with moderator Lewis Diuguid and panelists olympic athlete Paul Ceesay, former KC mayor Sly James and Baraza CEO Wasim Khan.

The second, scheduled for February 27, 2024, is about women who have achieved greatness in their communities and their careers. The third will spotlight young adults that are contributing great things in their specific communities and the greater Kansas City community.

host/producer/engineer:  Donna Morrow Wolfe

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