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Facing Race National Conference Opens Registration for 2014


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Facing Race National Conference Opens Registration for 2014

Largest Racial Justice Conference to be held in Dallas TX

November 12, 2013 (New York, NY) - Facing Race: A National Conference today opened registration for the next conference to be held in Dallas, Texas on November 13-15, 2014. A unique collaborative space for racial justice movement-making, Facing Race is the largest multiracial, inter-generational gathering for organizers, educators, and creatives in the country. Facing Race is presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, formerly the Applied Research Center.

Created in 2004, Facing Race has a mission to Define Justice and Make Change, with a focus on political and cultural strategy. A national conference held in cities across the country - New York, Oakland, Chicago, Berkeley, Baltimore - this is the seventh Facing Race and the first to be held in the South. Following tradition, the 2014 conference will coordinate with the local community to offer unprecedented access to information and resources on racial equity, exchanging best practices, innovative models and successful policy and organizing initiatives.

“There is a growing racial justice movement in the South,” said Race Forward President Rinku Sen. “Our Facing Race National Conference is known as the place to be for conversations about race and racism. That place is in Dallas November 2014.”

An array of local organizations and initiatives are engaged in innovative and intersectional work across the South, explicitly addressing race to build multi-racial cohesion and power; and creatively using the arts to elevate the voices of people of color. An example is Dallas Faces Race, an independent local initiative working with nonprofits to build their racial equity capacity and collaborate to make change.

Race Forward, formerly the Applied Research Center, recently rebranded to highlight the urgency of paving the way forward to racial justice and having an explicit dialogue on race. Facing Race is a multidisciplinary conference featuring:

  • Inspiring keynotes, presenters and networking opportunities.

  • Dozens of panels, film screenings, and breakout sessions on racial justice organizing, skill building, research, policy, arts, culture, media.

  • Key issues such as the economy, reproductive justice, LGBT movement, faith, voting rights, health care, immigration, criminal justice, and faith communities.

Previous Facing Race speakers include Junot Diaz, Melissa Harris Perry, Janet Mock, Van Jones, Jose Antonio Vargas,  W. Kamau Bell, Winona Laduke, and FCC Commissioner Clyburn. Videos of past Facing Race keynote and plenary presentations can be found here.

For more information or to register for Facing Race, visit https://facingrace.raceforward.org/. For press passes, please contact [email protected].


Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.

Race Forward was formerly known as the Applied Research Center.