Racial Justice Events

Plymouth's Racial Justice Team invites you to two important events this October.

Pauline Sharp Presents “Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians” Sunday, October 2 @ 3 pm


Plymouth's Racial Justice Team invites you to Pauline Sharp's historical performance of "Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians" at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at Unity Church of Lawrence (900 Madeline Lane).

 

Sharp is a citizen of the Kaw Nation and serves on the Board of the Kanza Heritage Society. Her work centers on the study and preservation of the history and culture of the Kanza people, from whom the State of Kansas took its name. Sharp tells the story of the Kanza (Kaw) people through the character of her grandmother, Lucy Tayiah Eads, the first female chief of the Kaw nation. Following her presentation, Sharp will welcome questions and discussion. Admission is open to all and is free. An offering will be taken to benefit the Kanza Heritage Society.

 

This is the first of two events this October that the Plymouth Racial Justice Team invites you to in support of the Kanza Heritage Society and the return of the Sacred Red Rock to the Kanza people. The rock, currently called "Founders Rock," in honor of the town and the state's white settlers, sits by the North Lawrence Bridge downtown. It was taken from its former spot where the Shunganunga Creek and the Kansas river intersect near Tecumseh, Kansas. The rock is returning to Kanza-owned land in Council Grove later this year.

Sunday, October 29 @ 7 pm


This acclaimed play, performed by Ted & Company TheaterWorks, is being brought to Lawrence by an inter-faith coalition in support of the Kanza Heritage Society and the return of the Sacred Red Rock to the Kanza people. Theatre Lawrence supports this work by providing the use of the theater without charge. All proceeds beyond production costs will go to the Kanza Heritage Society.


The play uses humor in a contemporary setting challenging us to consider issues of love of land, loss of land, and what it means to "own" something. In addition, it provides a thought-provoking glimpse of how the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justified seizure of land and displacement of Indigenous peoples, is still being used and causing harm today.


Admission is $20, or pay what you can. Tickets will be sold in the Narthex between services this October.