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Second Annual WIT 5K Race to End Poverty. PERIOD!
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Lamban African Dance by WIT Rites of Passage Circle at Rosa Parks Museum
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Lamban African Dance by WIT Rites of Passage Circle at Rosa Parks Museum

The Women in Training, Inc. Rites of Passage Circle performed "Lamban," at the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University on December 4, 2021. The traditional African dance, which dates back to the 13th century Old Mail Empire, was part of the 66th commemoration of the 1955-1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott. The boycott, which resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to desegregate public buses, started when Mrs. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. The WIT Rites of Passage Circle provides cultural enrichment and personal development training to Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) middle and high school girls from counties throughout Central Alabama. “Our mission is to help cultivate girls into culturally competent, compassionate, savvy, and empowered global leaders by teaching them to care for themselves and the world around them,” said Adeyela Albury Bennett, WIT Chief Executive Officer. “We created this program to help middle school girls transition from the tumultuous “chrysalis” stage of puberty into the confident “butterfly” stage of womanhood. Incorporating the African concept of “It takes a village to raise a child,” WIT leaders collaborated with Valerie Adams, co-founder of the Alabama Indigenous Coalition, and elders from Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace (NGVP) Sister Circle Collective to implement the program. The NGVP Sisterhood Collective collective consists of Dr. Muhjah Shakir, founder and CEO of NGVP; Councilwoman Norma McGowan Jackson, also known as Iyabode, City of Tuskegee; and Rev. Dr. Jacquetta Y. Parhams, founder and CEO of Whole-Self Ministries. Maya Bledsoe, founder of M2 Dance Studios, choreographed the performance.
 

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