RYSE Black History Month event to benefit Kenyan youth program

RYSE Black History Month event to benefit Kenyan youth program
Richmond’s RYSE Youth Center is located at 205 41st St. (Photo: 2016)

Richmond’s RYSE Youth Center is hosting a Black History Month event, When Culture Speaks, on Friday, Feb. 28, that will also serve as a fundraiser for a library and educational program in Kenya.

The event will run from 4-8 p.m. at the youth center at 205 41st St.

Culture Speaks will be “an evening of celebration and cultural arts by Richmond youth and local black fashion designers,” according to RYSE Media, Arts & Culture Director Tara Malik. In addition to the designs and designers, the festivities will also include performances, food, a photo booth and a youth art gallery.

Culture Speaks will also raise funds for Kambi Moto youth and kids group out of Nairobi, Kenya, to help support its library and educational programs. Two years ago, RYSE staff visited Kenya shortly after a flood destroyed Kambi Moto’s library “and witnessed the talent and joy of their young people,” per Malik.

Event attendees “will have a chance to learn about Kambi Moto and donate to their crowdfunding campaign to provide books and rebuild their library,” she added.

To RSVP, click here. Questions? Contact RYSE Performing Arts Coordinator Nyabingha Zianni at [email protected].