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Little Rock Nine Member Carlotta Walls LaNier to Give Keynote Address at
YWCA Mankato’s It’s Time to Talk

MANKATO, MINN. – YWCA Mankato will host the third annual It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race event on December 5, 2017. Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest Little Rock Nine member to integrate Central High School, will deliver the keynote address. This September marked the 60th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock High School.

Following LaNier's address, facilitated table dialogues will again engage and challenge participant’s ideas about race in our community. Leaders from all areas of the community will bring diverse perspectives and experiences to discuss race and all its implications for those who hold a stake in the future of greater Mankato.

LaNier and eight other black students faced angry mobs, racist elected officials and federal intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the Nine safely into the building. Little did she realize that day that this was the beginning of a journey that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers and forever change the social landscape of America. In addition to receiving the Congressional Gold Medal and the NAACP's Spingarn Medal, LaNier serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation, created to promote equality of opportunity for all, particularly in the field of education.

Tickets for It’s Time to Talk are $45/per attendee through November 21, 2017. Guests can register for the event online at mankatoywca.org/IT2T or by calling (507) 345-4629. Press passes will be available upon request. For information on exclusive interviews with LaNier or YWCA Mankato staff, or to reserve your conference press pass, please email Cate DeBates at cate@ywcamankato.org. Videography in full of LaNier’s address will not be permitted. Press must identify themselves prior to participating in facilitated dialogue. Facilitated table dialogue is confidential.

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About YWCA Mankato
Nationally, YWCA USA is the oldest and largest national organization serving women and their families. YWCA Mankato strives to be a collaborative leader and catalyst for social change focused on gender and race. Through programming and events, YWCA Mankato provides leadership development for women and girls, tools for self-sufficiency for New American families and promotes racial equity. YWCA Mankato carries out its mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. 

About It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race
It’s Time to Talk is a trademarked racial dialogue facilitation process that involves trained facilitators leading small dialogue circles about race and racial justice. Participants exchange ideas through a series of questions designed to garner authentic introspection and discussion within a constructive and non-threatening environment. IT2T workshops typically end with a "What's Next?" discussion or handout to provide guidance on how participants can continue to move forward. Contact Erin Roberts at erinroberts@ywcamankato.org for more information.

About Carlotta Walls LaNier
For more information on Carlotta Walls LaNier, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.

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