November 13, 2017 (New York, NY) - Leading multiracial justice organization Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation has officially launched registration for Facing Race 2018, which will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan from November 8-10. Early Bird registration will run until February 1st, 2018.
“In the last year our country has borne witness to an onslaught of attacks against communities of color," said Race Forward President Glenn Harris. “As the largest conference for racial justice movement-making, Facing Race Detroit will serve as an essential space for alliance building, issue-framing, and advancing solutions during a critical moment in our nation’s history."
This is Race Forward’s ninth Facing Race conference, and the first to be held at a convention center after the record-breaking turnout in 2016. Last year, over 2,000 people joined Race Forward in Atlanta, GA for the sold-out conference in the days immediately following the presidential election to brainstorm ways to respond to the changing national landscape and leadership.
In addition to inspiring keynote speakers, film screenings, and networking opportunities, Facing Race will present over 80 panels and breakout sessions on a wide array of key issues, with a focus on four key tracks:
Arts, Media, & Culture
Organizing and Advocacy
Racial Identities & Innovation
Since Facing Race was created in 2004, Race Forward has held the national conference in cities around the country, working together with local racial justice leaders to lift up regional history and current challenges faced by communities of color. Previous speakers have included Jose Antonio Vargas, Roxane Gay, Junot Díaz, Melissa Harris Perry, Van Jones, and W. Kamau Bell.
“Detroit is home to some of the most visionary organizing in the United States,” said Facing Race Manager Leslie Grant. “We see Facing Race 2018 as an opportunity to uplift authentic narratives about Detroit and Detroiters of the past, present, and future while amplifying local struggles, solutions, and collective leadership to overcome racially disparate outcomes.”
In reflection of Race Forward's commitment to supporting locally-owned businesses and advancing local leadership of Detroit communities Facing Race will work with local organizers to ensure that the 2018 conference adheres to the principles of Community Benefits Agreements. With this Agreement, Race Forward aims to center the leadership, skills, and entrepreneurship of communities of color and other historically disadvantaged communities in Detroit.
Highlights from previous conferences can be found via reporting from Colorlines, an award-winning investigative news site published by Race Forward. Videos of past Facing Race keynote and plenary presentations can be found here and here. For the latest updates on Facing Race 2018, follow on Facebook and Twitter with #
To register, submit applications for breakout sessions, and find more information, visit: https://facingrace.race
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