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Civil rights activist to speak at women's history event

3/26/2014

Self-defense workshop on the agenda for Saturday

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

In honor of women's history month, Women's Leadership Project at Fort Hays State University is hosting several events dedicated to empowering women.

Diane Nash, civil rights activist, will be presenting a keynote speech at 7 p.m. Thursday in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

Nash was an active leader in the 1960 Nashville sit-ins.

She will be presenting to the American Association of University Women at 3:30 p.m. in Robbins Center.

"I'm hoping this will give people more opportunity to talk to her," said Christie Brungardt, director of WLP. "It will be an opportunity to really ask her questions since there is going to be so many people at her keynote."

In conjunction with the Defensive Tactics Club, Department of Health and Human Performance and Panhellenic Council, WLP will be hosting a free self-defense workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Cunningham Hall room 110.

Kenton Russell, who has more than 30 years of experience in mixed martial arts training, will be the primary trainer. He will be assisted by FHSU students.

"The partnerships used make this happen have been doing it for several years because they believe that in order to be successful," said Sadie Lungren, coordiator of WLP. "Women need to feel empowered. Feeling empowered begins with feeling safe. Volunteer coaches from the Defensive Tactics club teach basic self defense technique one on one, and provide you with safety tips for potentially dangerous situations."

Beginning April 7, WLP will be hosting Rise of the Girl, a week dedicated to raising awareness about women's rights to an education.

"On Monday, we are having an international panel so that college students can learn about the different cultures and their view on women's issues," said Holly Weiss, coordinator of WLP.

On April 8, WLP will be making "bracelets of hope" for Think Humanity, an organization in Uganda that educates females.

On April 9, they will be showing the film "Girl Rising."

For more information, call WLP at (785) 628-4312 or email womensleadershipproject@fhsu.edu.