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KYP Honored at California’s State Legislature

posted Feb 19, 2013, 7:06 AM by Nelisiwe Walaza   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 9:04 AM by Peter Johannsen ]
We are so proud to report that our KYP traveling gumboots team had the opportunity to visit California’s State Assembly. During the visit, we not only shared a performance with the legislators, we were also presented with a state legislative resolution honoring KYP and its work to help Kliptown youth.

Our visit on February 11th began with a speech by our host, Assembly member and longtime friend of KYP, Shirley N. Weber. Assemblywoman Weber explained to the members about Kliptown, our hard work to help improve our community, and the tradition of gumboots dance. She made a wonderful connection between the uplifting power of gumboots dance and the successful struggle of black people in the US for equal rights.

We then gave one of our most powerful performances right there on the floor of the legislature. The entire assembly gave us a standing ovation as we left, and we were able to repeat the performance again for others in the rotunda outside. There, we received the award from members
of California’s Congressional Black Caucus that the legislature had voted on.

February is Black History Month in the US, and we were so pleased to be able to share some of ourselves, and to help celebrate this month with a powerful gumboots dance performance. And it felt so good to be recognized for all of our work by the Assembly!

To see it all on video, click the link and scroll to 19 minutes and 30 seconds.
Also, you might be interested in an interview some of our gumboots dancers did live on San Francisco public radio station KALW. The whole session is available here.