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City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Kansas City Human Rights Commission, Linda Eakes, commissioner, 816-741-8869
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2010
Human Rights Commission hosts forum
on dress codes and civil rights
The Kansas City, Mo. Human Rights Commission has announced it will be hosting a forum, “Is It Your Clothes or Your Color: A Forum on Dress Codes and Civil Rights,” Tuesday, April 27 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway. The event is free and open to the public. It will include panelists and time for questions from the audience.
Forum panelists include Anthony Burnside, a celebrity security expert, Professor Clovis Semms of the Sociology Department at UMKC, Nia Webster, founding member of the PLO, Andrea Shelby-Bartee, owner of Body Works Phase II, and Mickey Dean from the City of Kansas City, Mo., Human Relations Division. Professor Dan Wheddle of the UMKC Law School will moderate the panel discussion. At the conclusion of the panel discussion, there will be an open period for the audience to ask the panelists questions.
The purpose of the forum is to provide accurate information to the community on dress codes and how such codes may or may not be related to racial or other forms of prohibited discrimination. Information will also be sought from the community audience on the perceptions of how dress codes are being implemented in the Kansas City area.
“With all the different venues, it is difficult to know what the dress codes are and how they are being enforced,” said Human Rights Commission Chair Eddie Lorenzo. “We want to address these issues and ensure that dress codes will not be used to discriminate against the citizens of Kansas City.”
Inquiries and requests for additional information about the forum should be directed to Mickey Dean, manager, Civil Rights Section, Human Relations Division, at 816-513-1836. The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center is located at 3700 Blue Parkway.
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