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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, August 21

Aug 21, 2018

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First hour: Discussing the changes at the Boy Scouts and the future of scouting

Second hour: 2018 Seneca Falls Revisited: Women's Equality Conference, and 11th annual Sankofa Theatre Festival

The Boy Scouts are making some changes to their organization, and the move has led to a debate. Starting in February, the Boy Scouts will welcome older girls and will drop the word “boy” from its namesake program. This summer, the Cub Scouts began welcoming girls. Spokespeople for the organization say the changes are being made to foster more inclusivity; they are part of the new Scout Me In campaign, which welcomes scouts of both genders. This hour, we’ll discuss those changes, what parents need to know, and what the future of scouting looks like. In studio:

  • Stephen Hoitt, Scout executive and CEO of Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Trisch Axsmith Tavolette, BSA leader and parent of two Scouts
  • Andrew Tavolette, Life Scout
  • Veronica Tavolette, Girl Scout and soon-to-be Cub Scout

Then in our second hour, we have two conversations about upcoming events: one tied to the women’s equality movement, and the other dedicated to celebrating African American voices and stories in the theater. The 2018 Seneca Falls Revisited: Women’s Equality Conference kicks off this week. It will include presentations on Frederick Douglass as a suffragist, intersectionality in the women’s movement, and more. We’ll talk to the conference organizers about what progress in the movement means. Our guests:

  • Rachel DeGuzman, president and CEO of 21st Century Arts, and co-chair of the Women’s Equality Conference
  • Irma McClaurin, Ph.D., author, anthropologist, and co-chair of the Women’s Equality Conference

Then, we’ll shift gears to highlight another upcoming event: the 11th annual Sankofa Theatre Festival. This year’s event celebrates the bicentennial observance of Frederick Douglass’ birthday. We’ll discuss an upcoming play based on his ideals, and get a preview of other works that highlight African American voices.

  • Richard Kendrick, actor in "The Green Book Chronicles" at the Sankofa Theatre Festival
  • Reuben J. Tapp, director of "The Green Book Chronicles" at the Sankofa Theatre Festival
  • Kevin Hicks, public relations manager for the annual Sankofa Theatre Festival