Gregory King Raises Awareness and Funds for Black Trans Women
Assistant professor of Dance Gregory King recently organized "Dancing in Solidarity," a peaceful and socially distanced protest in downtown Kent supporting #BlackLivesMatter. The event was dedicated to the centering the voices of Black women, particularly Black trans women.
The joyful event, which took place in Dan Smith Community Park on July 27, was well attended by the Kent State and Kent communities and featured speakers including King, College of the Arts assistant dean Tameka Ellington, Pan-African Studies faculty member Denise Harrison, and interim vice president of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Amoaba Gooden.
The event was covered in the Record-Courier: https://www.record-courier.com/news/20200627/joyful-black-lives-matter-rally-focuses-on-women?fbclid=IwAR387pCfaQYpYAF3qHeJDbkJxVV-LxFxEWXUxCObWQ0ntUt7tlzC2Xuhxzg
In conjunction with the "Dancing in Solidarity" event, King also organized a successful fundraiser through the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition. The campaign, which has since concluded, raised $2,005 – 133% of its goal of $1,500. The funds raised will be used to provide lifesaving COVID-19 care packages to the transgender commmunity. For more information about the fundraiser, please visit https://blacktrans.org/campaigns/dancing-in-solidarity/.