Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, will be the keynote speaker as part of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk's Stand Against Racism Week, April 21-28.

The event takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Wee Burn Country Club, Darien.

Kennedy will discuss growing up as a Kennedy and how her family's legacy helped to shape her commitment to human rights, the founding of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and the creation of its global education initiative, Speak Truth To Power.

Kennedy started working in the field of human rights in 1981 when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador. Since then, her life has been devoted to the pursuit of justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in 1988. She has led more than 50 human rights delegations around the globe.

Speak Truth To Power is a global initiative that uses the experiences of defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and women's rights. The curriculum is currently being taught in Darien High School. YWCA Parent Awareness recently co-sponsored one of Speak Truth To Power's defenders, Jamie Nabozny, who gave a presentation on bullying in Darien in March.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and registration at ywcadariennorwalk.org is required to attend.

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