Racial Equity Speaker Series

Racial Equity Speaker Series

We’re keeping racial equity front and center.

Throughout the year, we host national and local leaders to talk about racism and implicit bias inherent in society’s structures and how we — individually and collectively — can shift the public narrative and promote racial equity.

Upcoming Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that gathering large groups of people together isn't safe for our communities, we've postponed our racial equity speaker series for the time being. We do plan to hold an event later in 2020, but are reconsidering what would be most needed. Subscribe to our communications to receive updated information about this future event and our other ongoing programming. 

Past Events

These speakers have challenged us to think differently and broaden our perspectives while inspiring and arming us with practical steps to lead equitable change.

How to Be an Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is a professor of history and international relations, the founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University and author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Ibram shared his own racist ideas and how he overcame them to help all of us understand our own biases and move beyond how not to be racist to being antiracist and contributing to building an antiracist America. Read a recap of this March 2018 event.

The Color of Money with Mehrsa Baradaran and local leaders

Author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap and associate dean at the University of Georgia Law School, Mehrsa Baradaran outlined how the fruits of past policies and the operation of banking in a segregated economy perpetuate inequities in opportunity for wealth accumulation. Andrea Caupain Sanderson, CEO of Byrd Barr Place; Wyking Garrett, president of Africatown Community Land Trust; and Michael Brown, civic architect for Seattle Foundation’s Civic Commons Initiative joined Mehrsa for a panel discussion. 

Crime and Punishment in Black America with James Forman, Jr.

Professor at Yale Law School and author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, James Forman, Jr. laid our criminal justice crisis in vivid detail with human stories and data. He also shared concrete ideas for how each of us can contribute to changing the system. 

Related Resources

Check out some of the books by recent speakers.

Have speaker suggestions? Want to learn more?

Email our Programs Manager, Mares Asfaha, for questions.