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EVENT: Facing Race to Be Largest, Post-Election Meet-Up of Racial Justice Advocates; National Book Award Winner Ibram X. Kendi to Keynote

For Immediate Release

Sept. 26, 2022

OAKLAND – The national racial equity organization Race Forward today announced their bi-annual Facing Race conference, Nov. 17-19 in Phoenix, AZ. It will be the largest convening of racial justice advocates in the nation and the only such gathering post the Nov. 2022 midterm elections. Thousands of advocates, organizers, educators, funders, creatives, and journalists will attend or participate online with over 500 people registered as of Sept. 20. Accomplished professor, author and National Book Award winner Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will be the conference keynote speaker. Dr. Kendi is a historian and New York Times-bestselling author of “How to Be an Antiracist.” He has written five New York Times bestsellers and is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.

“In this crucial period, we are bringing together racial justice practitioners from all over the country to generate and share solutions for how to move the needle on racial equity in the U.S.,” said Glenn Harris, executive director of Race Forward. “From our keynote speaker to each panelist, this will be an intentional conference designed to strengthen and deepen the racial justice movement. Attendees will leave with their cups filled, their determination sharpened, and their resolved unwavering.”

Facing Race will feature breakouts and special sessions aimed at fueling the work of racial equity. It is a touch point within the racial justice movement to expose advocates, storytellers, creatives, journalists, small business owners and concerned citizens to best practices so they can advance just and racially equitable policies and practices in their respective communities.

“The people who come to Facing Race come from all parts of the nation,” said Leslie Grant Spann, director, Facing Race. “Some live in areas where they feel isolated and like they are doing racial justice work in a vacuum. In this space, they will appreciate that they are part of a national movement that is committed to progress. Our goal is to inspire advocates to stay in the fight.”

Facing Race will educate new and emerging advocates, and persons who want to lead with a racial justice analysis. It will help advocates grow a personal analysis of racial justice while learning about intersectional frames.

The conference will feature two and a half days of collaboration, sound therapy, drumming, music, art, artistic expression, and joy. Organizers will stimulate the senses and offer content beyond presentations and back-to-back workshops. For more information on panelists and breakout sessions, see

Please note that we have limited space for journalists to attend and cover the Facing Race conference. To receive information on the press credentialing process, please email or by Nov. 5.



Founded in 1981, Race Forward, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year, catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.


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